Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora

(Troubling Borders book trailer by UWashingtonPress on Youtube)

Alone and used,
I find strength to bear the storm that will come and cleanse my land,
Replenish my trampled soil.
And when they come again,
I will welcome them with tides and storms of thunder and lightning.
And they will never set foot on my sacred land again.
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Oakland ArtMurmur and Saturday Stroll

(From Youtube by California College of the Arts)

The escalating prices for apartments in San Francisco has caused renters and artists moved to outskirt of the city. However, San Francisco’s loss has been Oakland’s gain. This artistic diaspora can be fully experienced at Art Murmur in downtown Oakland every first Friday. 

Oakland Art Murmur events

Oakland Art Murmur events

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The Worlds of Bernice Bing

(“The Worlds of Bernice Bing – Lenore Chinn Interview” from YouTube by DSLRshooter108)

The Worlds of Bernice Bing, offered an interesting contrast of another film The World of Suzie Wong which implied stereotypical images that most modern educated Asian women love to hate. However, Bernice Bing’s story offers a different view of the Chinese American experience. She has been trying to assimilate both of these cultures since childhood, then involve into the art movements of the SF bay area in twentieth century.

 Bernice Bing, with her painting Dusk, 1987, Oil on Canvas (source:queercontemporaryart)

Bernice Bing, with her painting Dusk, 1987, Oil on Canvas (source:queercontemporaryart)

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From Pupa to Eve Clone: Lin Pey-Chwen’s Art Empowering Femininity

(from Youtube” Lin Pey Chwen-Eve Clone Series” by Ce Tsai)

Wrapped in layers of reddish orange, violet, yellowish green lines, the round figures circulate around the space. Showing at an alternative space Apt. 2 in 1993, these colorful abstract oil paintings were The Image of Life by Pey-Chwen Lin. The elliptical pupa image was complex but elegant, imprisonment hinted but inviting in colors. The spherical structures suggested the continuous movements; while the oval shapes conjured up to me intuitively about the eggs, the very intimate female experience. Until today, no matter how much innovative progress in Pey-Chwen Lin’s art, those colorful pupas have been vividly staying in my memories for above twenty years. The oval imagery of Lin’s art retaining my first impression of women art in my early career toward to art critic.

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Miki Yui: Small Sounds, the Cosmos

(Excerpt from Accompaniment for A-O-I-E-U by Cardero Gala through Youtube)
Sitting on the chair, Miki Yui faced to the mixer on the table and concentrated adjusting the sounds with both hands. The sound was from the mixer and from the surroundings, from toy-instruments and found objects which were set up by Rie Nakajima. Yui was so focused on composing the small sounds as if she was weaving fabrics. The experimental music from the environment she was “weaving,” however, intriguingly with the dynamics as Noh, although she managed the sounds simply with digital and analogue equipment. This live performance was composed with different ideas and artistic core of Yui and of Nakajima. The performance A-O-I-E-U however worked as a dialogue between both artists and the surroundings and generated something new, at Experimental Intermedia in New York in 2012. Continue reading

Malina Suliman: For Free Expression Despite Social Threats

The right of free expression, as well as free speech, is human right. No matter women or men. Here is CNN’s Mallika Kapur interviewed Malina Suliman, an Afghan woman graffiti artist who, despite social threats, pushes for free expression. (“The Taliban Have A Plan For Me… “from Wrath0fKhan on Youtube)

The WomenArts and Social Justice Project

The San Francisco Women’s Building commissioned this mural to inspire women with images of our history and collective wisdom.

(Women’s Building Mural by t3hpyro on Youtube)

The mural Maestrapeace which covers two of the exterior walls was painted in 1994 by seven women artists and many helpers: Juana Alicia, Miranda Bergman, Edythe Boone, Susan Kelk Cervantes, Meera Desai, Yvonne Littleton and Irene Perez. Continue reading

Art of Kara Walker

“A lot of my works have been about the unexpected…”  — Kara Walker at Art21, 2003.

( by Art21 on Youtube)


Karen Walker, Darkytown Rebellion 2001, cut paper and projection on wall, 14 x 37 ft. (4.3 x 11.3 m), Collection Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg

I really love Kara Walker’s works. Especially her light projection and video, film, and performance. Like her wall-sized murals and cyclorama, Kara Walker employs light projection to cast shadows and create all-encompassing environments for viewers. In Darkytown Rebellion Walker applies paper-cut silhouettes to the wall and then washes them with vibrant light from colored transparencies on several overhead projects placed on the floor of the gallery. Viewers are further involved with this installation as their shadows are also cast onto the wall as they walk through the space. In this way, visitors literally enter the narrative and the history it suggests through their own silhouettes. Continue reading

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Her Story Will Be Continued

 “I want to be the dream of the audience.” – Cha’s manuscript of “A Ble Wail (1975)

A Ble Wail, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, solo performance at the Worth Ryder Gallery in Berkeley, 1975. (©Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, photo courtesy of Trip Callaghan)

A Ble Wail, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, solo performance at the Worth Ryder Gallery in Berkeley, 1975. (©Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, photo courtesy of Trip Callaghan)

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, born in south Korea, studied in the U.S. and France, received her M.F.A. from U. C. Berkeley in 1978 and worked at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. On November 1982, six months after her newlywed, only one week before her book Dictée published, Cha was tragically murdered by a stranger. However, the solo exhibitions and retrospective for Cha, rivetingly, continue appearing at art institutions all over the world. Her reputation has continued to grow.[“Dictee- choreolab Dictee- choreolab DNA” By Soomi Kim from Youtube]

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