Ctrl+Alt+Yellow

When 9 Oct 2021 - 6 Nov 2021
Where B4BEL4B
184 10th St.
Oakland, CA 94607
United States

California is home to the largest population of individuals of Asian descent in the U.S. From the galleon ships that brought sailors to the Americas from the Philippines in the 16th century to the contract laborers who arrived from China in the 1850s, many groups from Asia immigrated to escape hardship, war, or colonization, only to endure policies of exclusion, indentured servitude, racist policies, and negative stereotyping in their new home. Today, violence and prejudice continues in the form of scapegoating around the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ctrl+Alt+Yellow convenes Bay Artist artists with Asian lineage who imagine alternative modes of existence. They employ radical modes of narration, exemplifying how communities can take charge of their own stories to re-construct their own understanding of the past, the realities of the present, and future possibilities.

Through media spanning video installation, print, and photography, six contemporary artists conceptualize Asian American identity through humor, movement, and intergenerational dialogue. Theresa Hak Kyung Cha employs language and mythology to examine the discomfort of one’s own “foreign” language(s). Zihan Jia explores a script created by Qing women—the only known language created and used exclusively by women. Genevieve Quick employs science fiction narratives while Taro Hattori invites people of Asian descent to share their stories and experiences to foster understanding. For You Performance Collective engages AAPI elders to amplify their voices and stories, and Vasudhaa Narayanan’s work meditates on what it means to build durational relationships with family and self.

Special thanks to the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), the Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Memorial Foundation, Trip Callaghan, and B4BEL4B.

Janet Oh is a Bay Area-based visual and performing arts curator and occasional musician. She earned her BA at Northwestern University and MA at Columbia University. Currently she is Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art and Programs at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Ctrl+Alt+Yellow Curatorial Tour

Online Tour
Saturday, October 9, 2021
4:00 pm EDT / 1:00 pm PDT
Join us for an online tour of Ctrl+Alt+Yellow in Oakland, CA, with curator Janet Oh. We will walk through the virtual exhibition space, learn about the ideas and research behind the exhibition as well as the artists and contributors.

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Image courtesy of the event organizer.