Visions Into Infinite Archives, Opening Reception, Jan 14

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Featuring performances from Chochenyo activist and poet Vince Medina, Hermano Milagroso and Jeepneys + some times in direct dialogue with the exhibition and its themes, the unveiling of Visions Into Infinite Archives, Thursday, January 14, 6–9pm, activates a monthlong journey into the archive. With live documentation of the performances and event itself, the archive continues to expand in each moment.

Visions Into Infinite Archives manifests alternative futures as well as alternative pasts to explore the expansive interconnectedness of individual and cultural narratives. On view January 14–February 10, 2016, the exhibition features artwork in many media from 30 artists of color contributing to an archive that defies a Western, anthropological approach to recording and sharing histories and trajectories of cultural experience. Through murals, light and textile installations, ritualistic expressions and film screenings, the exhibition puts the past and future into conversation with present moments of cyclical and institutional oppression to create a space where healing can take place and evolve.

RELATED EVENTS

Exhibition
January 14–February 10, 2016

Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm & Saturday 12–5pm
somarts.org/infinitearchives

Film Screenings
Sunday, January 30, 12–4pm
somarts.org/infinitescreenings
Spanning genre and form, these personal and often humorous films by an intergenerational mix of Black, Brown, and indigenous filmmakers engage in sensory observations about mythology, emotionality, visibility, spirituality and cultural preservation and loss. The program concludes with the 1995 feature length experimental documentary Bontoc Eulogy, in which director Marlon Fuentes memorializes the 1,100 Filipino tribal natives brought to the U.S. to be a “living exhibit” at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. A full schedule and brief descriptions of the films are available online at somarts.org/infinitescreenings.

Closing Ceremony & Reception
Thursday, February 4, 6–9pm
somarts.org/infiniteclosing
Join the artists and curators for ceremony and celebration with drinks and musical delights. Featuring live sets by special guest musician Ryan Dennison (Deadrezkids, Fort Wingate, NM), as well as Tropic Green (Adee Roberson), plus an all-vinyl DJ set by Bay Area favorite Brown Amy (Hard French, Natural High), the closing ceremony and reception is the final chance to add your presence to the archive.

The exhibition and all related events are free to attend and take place at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th Streets), San Francisco, CA, 94103, unless otherwise noted. SOMArts is wheelchair/ADA accessible.

ARTISTS, FILMMAKERS & PERFORMERS

Indira Allegra
Christopher Ando
Natalie Ball
Kanakan Balintagos
Sarah Biscarra Dilley
Diyan BukoBomba
Sofia Canales
Thirza Cuthand
Ryan Dennison
DJ Brown Amy
Marlon E. Fuentes
Melanie Griffin
Essence Harden
Elisa Harkins
Lonnie Holley
Jose Luis Iniguez
Jeepneys + some times
Eve LaFountain
Vince Medina
Wura-Natasha Ogunji
Olen Perkins
Grace Rosario Perkins
Postcommodity
Miko Revereza
Adee Roberson
Jihaari Terry
TextaQueen
Wizard Apprentice
Paula Wilson
Marilyn Wong

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Images top to bottom: “Let Me Be The One: A History of a Decolonized Service,” photo courtesy of the artists Jeepneys + some times