Kicking off Asian Pacific Heritage Month and the United States of Asian America Festival with a group visual arts exhibition and performances in San Francisco.
Resistance, a multidisciplinary visual arts exhibition presented by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC), asks how artists can confront the ever-changing social landscape. What is the artist’s role in social change? How can we open space for socially-engaged art and retain the spaces we currently occupy?
The group exhibition, curated by Pamela Ybañez, features multidisciplinary works by 11 Asian and Pacific Islander artists from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Exploring themes of gentrification, displacement, placemaking, and the artist’s role in the community through installation, performance, video, sculpture, painting and drawings. These works create a space of expression, reflection, creativity, struggle, and healing.
Resistance strives to encourage community members to feel empowered while promoting intersections among arts communities in San Francisco, Oakland, and elsewhere to present possible solutions to the complex issues of displacement, a reality that artists and a multitude of others currently face.
The exhibition’s opening reception will feature two performances: A dinner table piece by HuiMeng Wang and an interdisciplinary performance of new work by Bonnie WaiLee Kwong.
There will be a closing reception on Thursday, May 26 with the featured artists.
Resistance kicks off APICC’s 19th annual United States of Asian America Festival (USAAF) in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, exploring contemporary social and political issues that affect communities of color in the Bay Area. The intent is to directly address these social wounds in order to mobilize and empower the social fabric of the creative community to pursue alternative ways to resist displacement of housing, jobs, and resources.
Rea de Guzman
Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong
Janna Añonuevo Langholz
Image credit: Resistance illustration by Eryn Kimura.
Resistance is presented at SOMArts in partnership with APICC.