WOMXN, OMEN, WǑMÉN IN CHINATOWN: REIMAGINING SYMBOLS OF POWER AND ACCESS HIGHLIGHT
|When||4 May 2018 - 17 Jun 2018|
41 ROSS ALLEY
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94108
Exhibit Opening: Friday, May 4th, 2018, 5:30 PM – 8 PM
“Womxn, Omen, Wǒmén in Chinatown: Reimagining Symbols of Power and Access” is a project that engages families and visitors with emerging female artists to explore the ways that cultural signifiers shape relationships to power and access. Working with the lead artist Laura Boles Faw who initiates the concept, three participating artists Bijun Liang, Shisi Huang and Vida Kuang will explore issues of gender and struggles for equity in the neighborhood and beyond while building connections with community members.
Their individual projects will activate the community through a variety of approaches including an interactive installation inspired by the Chinese wishing well, a movable chatting room sparking in-depth conversation, and multi-site audio portraits based on storytelling workshop. The works by the three participating artists will be presented at 41 Ross Alley, San Francisco.
The works by the three participating artists will be presented and unveiled in the event from 5pm to 8pm on Friday, May 4th, 2018 at 41 Ross Alley, San Francisco.
Community Challenge Grant, California Art Council, Wells Fargo Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission
Grants for the Arts, CCC Contemporaries
About the Lead Artist
Laura Boles Faw is an artist and educator living in San Francisco. Boles Faw is the lead artist within the proposed grant. Boles Faw’s work consists of investigations through sculptural objects, installations, curatorial projects, and collaborative ventures. She examines the ways we prop ourselves up in the world and borrows from art historical references in order to create new meanings and transformative fictions. Boles Faw received a BA in Art History from Sewanee and a MFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. Since 2012, she has been visiting faculty in the Sculpture Department at SFAI. She has also worked in various organizations that teach art to underserved youth in San Francisco including City Studio and Meridian Interns Program. In addition to her solo practice, she collaborates with LA-based artist Cathy Fairbanks through a discursive set of projects.
About the Participating Artists
Shisi Huang was born in China and currently lives and works in San Francisco. She earned her MA in Photography from Nottingham Trent University, UK (2012) and MFA Studio Arts from San Francisco Art Institute (2016). Shisi has exhibited worldwide among China, UK, US, Europe. Currently, she is a studio artist at Root Division, San Francisco, a featured artist of #* Collective, San Francisco, and Kinetech Arts, San Francisco. Shisi also is a co-founder of 3 standard stoppage LLC, San Francisco. 3 standard stoppage works on curating regular shows for artists, fashion designers and creative intellectuals worldwide, both online and in brick-and-mortar spaces, in combination with self-publishing zines and books, pushing the boundaries between fine art and fashion like no other.
Vida K. grew up in San Francisco Chinatown. Having been raised surrounded by a wealth of neighborhood murals and histories, she is particularly drawn towards visual storytelling as a form of inter-cultural communication. Vida studied Art History and Sociocultural Anthropology with a focus on public art and an interest in decolonial narratives at the University of Chicago. She uses photography, drawing, 3-D mixed media installation, and video as tools for storytelling.
Bijun Liang creates media artworks and installations saturated with humor and play. Her media artworks are characterisedby the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middleclassmentality. By taking daily life as subject matter, Bijun makes works that can appear idiosyncratic and quirky, or at other times, appear typical by-products of American superabundance and marketing. Bijun grew up in San Francisco Chinatown and studied Design Media Arts at UCLA.
Photo courtesy of the organizer/s.
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