Speak Your Peace Exhibition Opening Reception

What: Speak Your Peace Opening Reception

Where: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. (between 8th and 9th) San Francisco, CA

When: Friday, January 4th, 2013, 6-9 pm

How Much: Free admission

Opening with a reception on Friday, January 4, 2013, 6–9pm, the exhibition Speak Your Peace brings together Bay Area-based painters, digital, video and installation artists ranging in age, ethnicity and nationality to explore intercultural communication and social justice and propose new iconographies of peace through visual art.

The opening reception features live non-violence-themed music by Brotha Chaz Walker and the Peaceful Vibes as well as a poetry performance by Iranian-born visual and literary artist Nathera Mawla depicting sexuality and identity from a Persian female perspective.

Included works by more than 20 artists and organizations present cycles of destruction and reconstruction through Japanese-American symbols of identity, draw upon traditional and symbolic Persian and Iranian cultural iconographies, debate the value of the prison-industrial complex in the United States and Cuba, reinterpret historic narratives relating to Salvadorian military histories, expose stories of radical, personal self-expression in the face of persecution through Persian-influenced graffiti installations and discuss the manifold ways popular media informs the way we envision and discuss peace.

 Image above: “Broken Promise Fixed” by Betty Nobue Kano