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)
Manon Bogerd Wada
Jane Yuen Corich
Antonia Grace Glenn
Genevieve Erin O’Brien
People’s Kitchen Collective
Jess X Snow
Laura Ming Wong
The Yuri and Malcolm Mural Project