Diasporic Alchemy Closing Reception & Performances, April 5, 6–9pm


SOMArts presents Diasporic Alchemy: Transforming Ancestral Traditions into Ritual Futurisms co-curated by Louis Chinn and missTANGQ. The third exhibition in the 2017–2018 season of the SOMArts Curatorial Residency, this group exhibition centers artists whose identities as immigrants, activists, LGBTQ, and people of color inform their experience of diaspora.

Opening with a free public reception on Thursday, March 8, 6–9 pm, Disaporic Alchemy will engage audience members in performative and interactive installations that invoke communal celebration and collective ritual-making through storytelling, movement, music and dance.

Featuring multi-media music, dance, video and spoken word by LEXAGON, Gabriel Christian, Majo y la Esotérica Tropical and The ANiMA Show, the closing reception on Thursday, April 5 from 6–9pm will be the final chance to experience the interactive installations in the gallery.

Judy Shintani
Kevin Balcora
Lauren Crew
Louis Chinn
Mother Tongue
Shamanic Labs
Shilo Shiv Suleman

Dohee Lee
Gabriel Christian
India Sky
Kaley Isabella
Majo y la Esotérica Tropical
The ANiMA Show
Void Sailing

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March 8–April 5, 2018
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm & Saturday 12–5pm

Opening Reception
Thursday, March 8, 6–9pm

The opening night celebration features performances by Kaley Isabella, India Sky and Sammay Dizon.

SOMArts Social: Talk & Performances by Dr. Meilin Chinn and Dan Doohan aka Void Sailing
Thursday, March 15, 5–9pm

Professor of Chinese philosophy Dr. Meilin Chinn and collaborator Dan Doohan will present a performance lecture and magic show, followed by a site-specific performance by Dohee Lee. Come early for SOMArts Social happy hour with food by La Cocina culinary incubator.

Image credit: Victor Kastro, “Bodhisattva the Benevolent,” image courtesy of the artist.