Shifting Movements Opening Reception, Thursday, May 4, 6–9 pm

Yuri collage

We Did it for Yuri and Malcolm 2, Image courtesy of the Asian American Women Artists Association

Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) join forces to present the multidisciplinary art exhibition Shifting Movements: Art Inspired by the Life & Activism of Yuri Kochiyama (1921-2014) , as part of the United States of Asian America Festival.

Opening with a free public reception on Thursday, May 4, Shifting Movements is a multimedia exhibition featuring over 40 artists illuminating the intersectional legacy of revolutionary activist Yuri Kochiyama. The opening reception will feature performance activations by dNaga Dance, Erin O’Brien, and Susan Almazol.

Curated by Michelle A. Lee, Shifting Movements highlights the values and themes which guided Kochiyama, and the incredibly diverse people, struggles, and movements that inspired a lifetime commitment to fighting for a more humane and just world. Relating Kochiyama’s mission to our contemporary context, artists ruminate on a myriad of urgent topics such as the similarities between WWII Japanese Internment and post-9/11 Islamophobia, the experience of immigrants, refugees and people of color, structural racism and police violence, and the everyday labor that fuels substantive social change. More information on the exhibition is available here.

Michelle A. Lee

Melorra Green, Activist and Curator (SOMArts Cultural Center, African American Arts & Culture Complex)
Margaret Rhee, Feminist Poet, New Media artist, and Scholar (University of Oregon)

Participating Artists:
Susan Almazol
Tomie Arai
Sigi Arnejo
Ellen Bepp
Miranda Bergman
Manon Bogerd Wada
Lorraine Bonner
Karen Chew
Lenore Chinn
Jane Yuen Corich
Reiko Fujii
Antonia Grace Glenn
Isabelle Harada
Bob Hsiang
Alison Ho
Nancy Hom
Barbara Horiuchi
Tina Kashiwagi
Duane Kubo
Lucien Kubo
Nina Kuo
Cris Matos
Alizarin Menninga-Fong
Janice Nakashima
Jane Norling
Genevieve Erin O’Brien
Choppy Oshiro
People’s Kitchen Collective
Shizue Seigel
Malik Seneferu
Pallavi Sharma
Alexa Strabuk
Jess X Snow
Renee Tajima-Peña
Cynthia Tom
Laura Ming Wong
Danielle Wright
The Yuri and Malcolm Mural Project