Join us for this free evening of sharing the work and unique perspectives of our featured artist-activists.
Our topic will address the unique efforts we employ to capture how we tell the stories of our cultural communities. Who captures our joy as well as our difficulties? How do our perspectives feed or negate the popular images of the “other”? How does our art create the stories we want to promote and preserve? In a world of contested narratives, what can traditional artists contribute to the conversation?
Tumani Onabiyi, an Oakland treasure picked up his camera nearly four decades ago and has captured the African Diaspora experiences since that time. From the Black Arts revival of the 70’s to recent celebrations of the Oakland murals at the Malonga Center, he is a citizen-ethnographer whose sharp eye has recorded a vibrant community.
The Manila Heritage Foundation is inextricably tied to the displacement of primarily Asian/Pilipino residents of the I-Hotel in SF. How this history impacts the direction of their organization and art-making will be addressed by Caroline Cabading and CarlosZialcita.
Social media is another strong communication tool influencing narratives and is a living archive. Sonny Le, is an active proponent of media, utilizing blogging and Twitter effectively. His sharp critical eye stems from many experiences including his perspective as a boat person from Vietnam who was interviewed recently by NPR. Sonny will share with us his perspectives.