Drawing Vulnerability, Crafting Resistance Artist Dialogue
Omi Gallery – Impact Hub Oakland
August 4, 2017
Part 2 (begins at Bo’s presentation, Q&A continues at 24:12)
In this artist talk and presentation, Bo, Kayan Cheung-Miaw, and Claire Lau discuss vulnerability as a mode of cultural resistance. In the climate of political uncertainty, how do we draw on the resources within ourselves to craft out livable spaces? How can art help us redraw boundaries and grow beyond what we thought was possible? The event was originally livestreamed by Ben Becker.
“Drawing Vulnerability, Crafting Resistance” is the second in a series of conversations as part of “Illustrated Justice/Graphing Freedom” a comic/graphic arts group exhibition that animates the political relationships of rage and resistance on display at Omi Gallery from June 26 – August 25, 2017.
As a cartoonist, Kayan Cheung-Miaw aims to humanize those who have been dehumanized by sharing the stories of marginalized communities. As an organizer, Kayan work on the Yank Sing restaurant workers’ campaign resulted in a historic $4 million settlement for 280 workers. As an educator, Kayan uses art to teach critical thinking, empathy, and social justice.
Bo is an interdisciplinary artist whose cultural intervention encompasses visual arts, comics, performance, filmmaking, creative writing, scholarly knowledge production, and culinary business. His work across these terrains of production addresses the complex connections among different experiences of marginalization, challenges capitalistic relational practices, and imagines alternative possibilities of desire and resistance.
Originally an oil painter, Claire is working on her first graphic novel / memoir about her participation in the recent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and her grandmother’s escape from communist China to Hong Kong in the 1950s. Claire was born in France, grew up in Hong Kong, and immigrated to the US in 2014. She’s currently an artist, educator and political organizer based in San Francisco.
The exhibit is curated by Ashara Ekundayo & Kayan Cheung-Miaw.
EXHIBITING ARTISTS INCLUDE: Ajuan Mance | Alisa Damaso | Bo | Breena Nuñez Peralta| Chinese Progressive Association | Claire Lau | Jewels Smith | Micah Bazant | Robert Liu-Trujillo | Street Cred – Advertising for the People / Bay Area Art Queers Unleashing Power | Thi Bui