May 10, 2018
Appendix Art Collective </3
Co-sponsored by API Cultural Center, SF LGBT Center & Qcc
LGBT Community Center, 6 – 9pm – Opening Reception
Opening night (May 10th! See you there) features local QTPOC dj’s, </3 food from the artists and curators, and live readings and happenings. Through </3, Appendix Collective provides a space specific to the experiences of API womxn and GNC, queer and allied artists who pull from their experiences of resistance and healing to address, navigate and interrogate heteropatriarchal and homonormative forms of love, care and representation. We proudly build on pre-existing community partnerships with local organizations including the Asian American Women Artists Association, Kearny Street Workshop, the Queer Cultural Center and API Wellness Center.
Appendix is a growing collective of multi-ethnic API womxn and GNC, queer and allied artists whose practices in the Bay Area work to reclaim personal, intimate and diasporic narratives of intergenerational memory, healing, and trauma. Formed in 2016, through an eponymous exhibition at the Pacific Heritage Museum, Appendix artists draw from a wide variety of 2d, 3d, experimental, and digital media and conceptual frameworks, such as Asian Futurism, Fluxus, and autoethnographic modalities. Folx in the collective blend together art, education and organizing, with the goal of creating cultural change through tender moments of healing. In community, Appendix members work with Kearny Street Workshop organizing APAture, show and learn from the Asian American Women Artists Association, produce community art with the Asian Art Museum, and organize SoMapagmahal an Alternative Exposure-funded youth photography mxntorship program at Galing Bata.
Lisa Pradhan is a qtpoc multimedia artist and organizer based in Oakland. Lisa explores autoethnographic work rooted in the Nepalese-American Diaspora through media such as site-specific performance, video, installation, writing, and soundscapes. Lisa’s shown at the Asian Art Museum, the Pacific Heritage Museum, and AS Gallery and co-curated the Performing Arts showcase for Kearny Street Workshop’s (KSW) APAture 2017: Unravel.
Erina C Alejo is a visual ethnographer, educator, cultural worker and arts organizer. Their Asian American Women Artist Association (AAWAA) fellowship with Diana Li served as catalyst to founding Appendix Collective and SoMapagmahal Photography Mxntorship Program (2016 recipient of Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure grant), an arts program for youth of color in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa). Erina is a third-generation San Francisco renter with family and presently works in youth development in SoMa Pilipinas Filipino Heritage Cultural District.
Diana Li is a video artist and arts organizer. As an artist, she works with video, performance and installation, experimenting with technology as a means to channel intergenerational transmissions of memory and knowledge from her mixed diasporic background. She works with organizations like SoMapagmahal (youth photography mxntorship program) to cultivate empowering spaces for emerging artists. She received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) in 2017 and has worked in multiple capacities with organizations like the Center for Asian American Media, AAWAA, KSW and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center. http://www.dianartist.com/
Shelley Kuang is a second generation Chinese-American womxn, educator, house dancer, writer, and re-emerging visual artist. Recently, she co-curated the Performance Art showcase for KSW’s APAture 2017: Unravel at the Asian Art Museum. Shelley co-advises a San Francisco based youth-led dance crew, KIDNETIKZ, affiliated with the Community Youth Center of San Francisco.
Vida Kuang was raised by the Tan Matriarch, streets of Chinatown, and San Francisco. Having always been surrounded by a wealth of neighborhood murals and hxstories, she is drawn to visual storytelling as a way of affirming her hxstories into existence along with the legacy of cultural workers who work to keep her community thriving.
Mariela Montero is a San Francisco-based artist whose practice draws upon her background as a Filipina American woman, exploring all of these intersections through the lens of post-colonial theory. Mariela works in mixed media painting and sculpture. She earned her MFA degree at SFAI in 2017.
Marlene Iyemura is a Bay Area native who graduated in 2016 from Mills College with a BA in studio art. Iyemura is a genderfluid queer individual interested in the intersectionalities of race, gender, nationality, sexuality, and ability.
Karen Chin SF Native > University of Kansas > Youth Developer in the Bay Area. Oil paint, Acrylic paint, Needle & Thread, Cardboard, etc….. whatever I can get my hands on to make art.
Celi Tamayo-Lee is a third-generation San Franciscan, a Chinese-Filipina queer femme seeking to engage with other artists, thinkers, and listeners. All of their work is dedicated to the public, to the collective. They coordinated a group of youth leaders who worked to lower the voting age to 16 in San Francisco’s municipal elections and have also co-built a sober dance space for people of color in San Francisco. More recently, Tamayo-Lee co-produced #StickyQuestions, a civic, creative inquiry and evolving visual, digital neighborhood installation at the Asian Art Museum.