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Grow Our Souls

APICC is excited to kick off the 25th Annual United States of Asian America Festival with this year's visual art exhibition, Grow Our Souls

Inspired by Grace Lee Boggs, Grow Our Souls showcases twelve artists who are reimagining labor in an era of climate change and late-stage capitalism. From yoga mat paintings celebrating Black and Brown humanity to seed installations speculating sustainable food futures, artists present sumptuous and abundant possibilities while illuminating industry practices that maintain labor inequities.

Labor-intensive processes and practices (e.g., foraging, collecting human tears, excavating demolition materials) reorient relations of commodification to honor time, nature and the body itself. These artists highlight the circularity of labor and consumption: Someone, somewhere on this globe, is weaving our clothes, processing our trash and preparing food to sustain our lifestyles — often at a cost to their own lives.

Thus, Grow Our Souls expands our notions of labor by presenting interconnected, ancestral, spiritual and visionary alternatives. Instead of the death of our souls, these artists imagine ways to grow them — in a world where how we work and consume are longer tenable, as evidenced by our planet’s growing inhabitability.

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Astria Suparak, Cindy Shih, Connie Zheng, Diana Li, Jess X Snow, Kacy Jung, Monica Tie, Nancy Sayavong, Preetika Rajgariah, Rea Lynn de Guzman, Sheng Lor, and Trinh Mai


Melissa Wang is an artist, designer and first-time curator. She has exhibited at Kala Art Institute, Torrance Art Museum and de Young Museum. A former designer for Google and Facebook, she founded her design studio in 2020. In 2021, she received an Individual Emerging Artist Award from the California Arts Council to curate Grow Our Souls.


Volunteer to help install the show April 15-22! Sign up to volunteer on Calendly.

Fri, Apr 29: VIP Preview 5-6PM* / Opening Reception 6-9PM
Featuring a Panel with Dr. Susette Min, the curator and artists 6-7PM

The opening panel will be hosted in-person and online. In-person attendance is limited to 150 for health and safety purposes. The 6-7 PM panel will also be live streamed and recorded to APICC's YouTube. ASL interpretation will be available for the panel in person and online.

SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan St (between 8th and 9th)
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States
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Accessibility & Consent

 SOMArts is wheelchair accessible.
 ASL interpretation will be available from 6-7pm, for the duration of the opening panel discussion.

In an effort to keep our community safe during this time of pandemic, kindly stay home if you are feeling unwell or if you have had possible COVID-19 exposure. Onsite COVID-19 testing will be available to those who choose to avail of it. Vaccines, face masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged. Let's continue to keep each other safe.

If you require any special accommodations or assistance, please let us know by filling out the accommodation question when you register or email us at [email protected].

All events will be photographed and video recorded for archival and promotional purposes. By attending these events, you consent to the potential of your image being shared publicly through APICC's channels.