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Community Engagement Residency to benefit Heninger Village (Current)
Residency Dates: February 2016 - February 2017
Thanks to Community Engagement in partnership with Grand Central Art Center, and an overwhelming amount of community support, I am happy to announce that I’ve been selected for their yearlong residency! Community Engagement's mission is to promote positive individual and community change within low-income communities through social practice, and my project’s aim is to bring visual art to the Heninger Village community as a way of documenting history and encouraging intergenerational dialogues through art. I am really loving this collaborative community work.
This is going to be such a fulfilling experience. What a wonderful way to begin the new year. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in helping make this happen for us!
Honoring Life Film Screenings (Current)
I've been privileged to have worked with The Artist Odyssey (TAO) as a Season 1 guest. Coupled with the desire to share artists' inspirations, methods, and modes of thinking with the motivation to support arts in education, The Artist Odyssey is a global network that strives to bring the community together through art. Check out their first released documentary, Honoring Life: The Work of Trinh Mai, which won the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film at Viet Film Fest 2016. Thank you for supporting the arts!
Honoring Life: The Work of Trinh Mai will be screening at the following institutions:
December 4, 2015
April 15, 2016
June 2, 2016
September 1, 2016
November 10, 2016
November 29, 2016
January 25, 2017
February 8, 2017 February 21, 2017
March 18, 2017 August 31, 2017 November 6, 2017 November 9, 2017
Winter 2018 (tba)
The Artist Odyssey Studios, Encinitas, CA
Viet Film Festival, Orange, CA
University of California, Irvine
California State University, Los Angeles
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA University of California, Los Angeles Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena, CA Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA California State University, Fullerton MiraCosta College, Oceanside, CA Coastline Community College, Newport Beach, CA
Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies (Forthcoming)
Frontiers is one of the premier publications in the field of feminist/gender studies. First published in 1975 at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Frontiers continues the tradition of examining relationships among place, region, and topics of longstanding concern to feminist scholars - gender, race, ethnicity, class, dis/ability, and sexuality. Alongside its commitment to supporting the kinds of scholarship that have afforded this journal its visibility and respect in the field, the journal also supports the arts by providing a space for feminist and gender conscious artists to share their work upon her pages.
I am proud to announce that my artwork has been chosen to appear on the cover of Frontiers’ 38.1 issue (summer 2017), along with two other pieces which will be highlighted in the journal. Thank you to the editing team for this great opportunity to share my work!
Read my blog entry, Hôm Nay, Hồn Này, to learn more about this cover piece.
A Time to Heal
Presented in partnership by Oceanside Museum of Art and MiraCosta College
Location: Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054 Preview Dates: June 2-16, 2017 (Display of veterans' works, museum lobby) Exhibition Dates: July 29 - October 8, 2017 (display of collaborative works, Parker Gallery) Receptions: Saturday, June 3, 2017 and Friday, August 4, 2017, 6-8pm Lecture: Thursday, August 31, 2017 6-7:30pm
Traveling to MiraCosta College: November 6 - December 14, 2017
A Time to Heal is a performative, socially engaging, fine art project whose mission is to provide a safe space for our war veterans to reflect and share their stories with the community as they work with a team of artists in developing mixed media self portraits. Our hope is that we, as a community, can be proactive in our personal and collective healing and support each other during the process by stimulating dialogues of healing and humanity through creativity. A Time to Heal features works made with collaborative efforts by Trinh Mai, J.Grant Brittain, and service members of MiraCosta College, Rachel Davis, Michelle Vesley, Christopher Weathers, and John Wayne.
We thank our partnering organizations for their generous support:
Artistic Vision: Trinh Mai
Publication date: August 2017
This summer, my work will be featured in the Artistic Vision segment of Coast Magazine! Coast is the monthly regional luxury lifestyle publication for tastemakers in Orange County. Each month this glossy magazine and its website offer informed and entertaining insights into the fascinating personalities of the area, along with the best in fashion, dining, architecture, interior design, arts and culture.
Prayers, Protection, and Resistance
Location: Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92833
Show Dates: June 22 - August 20, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 22, 2017 6:30pm
Gallery Tour: Thursday, August 10, 2017 7:30pm
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center presents Prayers, Protection, and Resistance, an invitational group exhibition for which artists are asked to represent your prayers, hopes, dreams, desires, wishes, and concerns for the world today. This show offers a space for artists to respond to troubling times in personal terms with artworks on an intimate scale, to offer hope in a world of worry and strife. When faced with overwhelming circumstances beyond their control, artists respond with unexpected and powerful life-affirming artwork.
Creating Art from your Stories: A Workshop with Trinh Mai
Sponsored by Illuminations
Presented by the Orange County & Southeast Asian Archive Center, University of California, Irvine
Location: Room to be announced
University of California, Irvine (interactive campus map)
Date: May 23, 2017 12:30-1:50pm
The first ever conference that I attended took place at UC Irvine, and I’m excited to be returning in the spring to facilitate a hands-on art workshop for students and faculty as part of the 30th anniversary of the Southeast Asian Archive.
A big thank you to the OC&SEAA Center and Illuminations for supporting arts and culture across campus!
Sponsored by CSUF Grand Central Art Center
Location: 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Receptions will take place on the following Saturdays from 7-10pm during Santa Ana Art Walk:
November 4, 2016; December 3, 2016; February 4, 2017; March 4, 2017; April 2, 2017; May 6, 2017
Dates: October 24, 2016 - May 14, 2017
After eight months into my residency, I'm thrilled to have my new installation, War Wounds, on display at GCAC.
Grand Central Art Center’s tagline is “ART UNRESTRICTED”, and I can attest through my own experience that the staff here strives to uphold this idea as promise.
We are a community that comprises of painters, illustrators, photographers, composers, sculptors, actors, screenwriters, set designers, writers, pianists, art educators, curators, just to name a few of the practices that have been nourished within and around the walls of Grand Central. From carefully planned exhibitions to impromptu performances and spontaneous collaborations, the artists who have been invited here are expected to do one thing – make more good art.
Through the vast amount of resources offered here, amidst the constant stirring of inspiration, we are encouraged to expand in our work, and can easily find opportunities for the community involvement that quickens our spirits. Founded upon the values of supporting creativity, professionalism in the art world, community engagement, following intuition, and allowing spur-of-the-moment ideas to take root and bear fruit, Grand Central Art Center has been a place where artists are afforded complete liberty to move in whichever direction(s) they find themselves drawn, for therein is where we find our truth.
While I was experimenting in the studio with a new body of work for an upcoming show, Director John Spiak offered me a public space to work through the process. My new installation, War Wounds, is now displayed on Grand Central's project wall, hovering over those who are making their way to the flamenco and artists' studios.
Thank you, John and Tracey, for the love you’ve shown to me and to our community.
Art Talk at Southland Integrated Services
Location: Southland Integrated Services (formerly known as VNCOC), 1618 W. First St. Santa Ana, CA 92703
Date: April 1, 2017 10am - 12pm
It is my privilege to share my work and how it has been shaped by my heritage and my community.
Southland's mission is to provide community services for individuals and families that enable them to thrive and become valuable and highly valued participants of Orange County's culture and society.
Formerly known as Vietnamese Community of Orange County (VNCOC), Southland is dedicated to helping all communities regardless of race, ethnicity or language and seeks to break down the barriers that prevent individuals from enjoying all that Orange County has to offer. Established in 1979 as a refugee resettlement support agency operating out of a makeshift storefront office in an area that now became today’s Little Saigon, the VNCOC had gradually expanded its operations to respond to the rapidly evolving needs of the local Vietnamese-American population (est. 200,000), the largest concentration of Vietnamese outside of Vietnam. Now, with some 15 social service programs and a Community Economic Development Project provided at our headquarters in Santa Ana and the branch offices in Westminster and Garden Grove, Southland—the largest non-profit, community-based of its kind—has touched the lives of tens of thousands of people and has come to be regarded as an invaluable institution in the Vietnamese-American community.
A special thanks to Lead Clinician Kim Xuyen Ngo for the invitation!
On Life: For the Memory
Presented by the Vietnamese American Society of Creative Arts and Music (VASCAM)
Location: Musco Center for the Arts, Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866
Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017 4pm
To celebrate the opening of Chapman University’s new Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts, VASCAM presents its first concert of the year, On Life. Through the contemporary musical language of Cung Tiên, Tôn Thât Tiêt, and scenes from the opera, The Tale of Lady Thị Kính by P.Q. Phan, On Life is a concert which narrates the detailed experiences of life, particularly from the perspective of the Vietnamese American, who has faced the challenges of multiculturalism, dualism, the preservation of tradition and time.
My work will be showcased during the performance of P.Q. Phan’s composition, Isolation, from his Songs of Solitude collection. I've curated selection of my works to be presented, works which speak to the feeling and somber nature of isolation. This visual arrangement be projected upon the backdrop during his concert, creating a conversation between visual art and music.
Trinh Mai: An Artist’s Vietnamese American Journey
Presented by Pasadena Public Library
March 1 – 31, 2017: Trinh Mai's Art Exhibit, North Entrance of the Pasadena Central Library March 2, 2017, 7pm: A Conversation with Việt Thanh Nguyễn, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, All Saints Church
March 14, 2017, 4-5pm: A Conversation with Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer Prize Winner & Food Critic for the Los Angeles Times, Donald Wright Auditorium, Pasadena Central Library March 18, 2017, 11am-12: Trinh Mai's Art Talk: An Artist's Vietnamese American Journey, Donald Wright Auditorium, Pasadena Central Library
As part of the library's celebration of Vietnamese culture for the month of March, I’ll have a collection of art on display and will also be doing a presentation about my work, as part of the library’s 15th "One City, One Story" series. I’m so honored to be taking part in this special event to recognize Vietnamese American history, arts, food, and culture with such esteemed creative thinkers.
Founded in 1882, the Pasadena Central Library is listed on National Register of Historic sites. I can feel this history when I stare up at its Romanesque architecture, graze my hands upon its wood-paneled walls, rest upon its original quarter-sawn oak furniture, and tread quietly upon its Portuguese cork floors. This building is just magnificent, and I’m so pleased to have been invited to share my work here!
Lifeline: A Solo Show by Trinh Mai
Location: Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054
Show Dates: December 17, 2016 - March 5, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 14, 2017 6-8pm
Artist Talk + Documentary Screening (Presented by TAO): Wednesday, February 8, 2017 10:30am-12pm
A Time to Heal: A supplemental socially engaging creative project for our Veterans: Feb 13-19, 2017 Sponsored in partnership with MiraCosta College
There are times in life when we are forced to bow in anguish before we are flushed with hope, and ushered into a moment of revelatory triumph. This exhibition pays homage to the interlacing connections that shed light upon the sanctity, value, and purpose that gives meaning to life. These solemn works document the narratives that we might all share—these meandering threads of trial and virtue that span the human experience. Whether tales of blood or bliss, herein lies the potential for a significant wisdom that holds true. And as we stand broken but steadfast, we come face to face with the beauty that springs forth from these afflictions. In time, these knots loosen and call for us to rebraid them into an enduring strength.
Lifeline provides an intimate glimpse into the interconnectedness that bears witness to both life’s fragility and the weight that it tethers to our core. These shared, lived, and inherited stories have been woven into this delicate collection of work, rewritten as a prayer for light upon the weary and heavy-laden.
Keep the Channel Open, Episode 1: Trinh Mai
Air Date: January 26, 2016
In his new podcast series, Keep the Channel Open, San Diego-based photographer and writer Mike Sakasegawa sits down with artists from various disciplines to discuss their processes, their ideas, their struggles and the ways they work to overcome them, their thoughts on art, and what lights that fire in their bellies to make more of it.
I am humbled to have had the chance to speak with such a thoughtful individual, and to have been a guest for his inaugural episode! Thank you, Mike, for your insightfulness and for the reminder to keep the channel open!
Archival Use in Research
Presented by UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Location: University of California, Los Angeles (interactive campus map)
Date: February 21, 2017 1:30-3pm
I'm happy to be returning to UCLA's beautiful campus to talk art! To share about the impact that community archives have had upon my work, I will be discussing how my own family photos and archive, in conjunction with the information that I've acquire from other archives, like the Southeast Asian Archive, has helped me in my continual research. I’ll be screening the documentary, and also have some samples of my work on display so that students can have a closer look, since I talk about specific ones that have led to answers about my family history--answers to the questions that I might have never known to ask.
Thank you, Professor Michelle Caswell, for the invitation.
Year of the Rooster: Pacific Symphony's Lantern Festival
Presented by the Pacific Symphony
Location: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Festival Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017 11-4pm
Free and open to the public
Last year, worked with the Pacific Symphony to design an installation for the Segerstrom Concert Hall for their inaugural Lantern Festival, celebrating the 2016 Lunar New Year of the Monkey. I'm happy to be returning to work on another collaborative installation which will display the hand-painted lanterns by students of Heninger Village Art Studio (Community Engagement), Nguoi Viet Senior Art Society (Bowers Museum), and master artists from Orange County Chinese Artists Association.
Thank you to the Pacific Symphony for highlighting these important and enjoyable community projects to celebrate our rich culture!
Keynote for the Southeast Asian Success Youth Conference
Presented by the Southeast Asian Student Association (SASA) at the University of California, Irvine
Location: University of California, Irvine (interactive campus map)
311 West Peltason Drive, Irvine, CA 92697
Conference Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
I have been to deliver the keynote address for this year's SASA conference at UC Irvine. To kick off the conference, I'll talk about how my art practice has helped me bridge the intergenerational gap that we often face as Asian Americans. Thank you, SASA, for the invitation!
SASA aims to unite and empower the Southeast Asian Community though a commitment to culture, education, and active political participation.
A Conversation with Vietnamese American Artist Trinh Mai
Presented by the Institute of Arts & Humanities
Location: Cross Cultural Center, University of California, San Diego (interactive campus map)
Art Talk: January 25, 2017 11:30 - 12:30pm with a reception to follow from 12:30 - 2pm
I have been invited by the UCSD Humanities Center to discuss how my artwork as helped open up the channel for intergenerational dialogue as a method to unearth history, how it speaks on the human condition and our collective need for healing. This art talk is part of pre-conference calendar of events which will be leading up to The Militarism and Migration Conference:
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 11:30am-12:45pm
A Conversation with Vietnamese American Artist Trinh Mai. A presentation of work that touches on family history, war, identity, and healing
Thursday, February 9, 2017 3:30-5pm
From the Land of Shadows: Remembering the Violence and the Violence of Remembering, Professor Khatharya Um, Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley
Monday, April 10, 2017 3-5pm
Clowns in Palestine Cry: Facing Mundane Surveillance, Necropenology, and Militarism, Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Law School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
A special thanks to Professor Yến Lê Espiritu for the invitation.
Trinh Mai: Lifeline
Publication date: December 2016
I am proud to have my artwork published in the December Issue of Pacific Magazine (page 40) to announce my show, Lifeline, on display at Oceanside Museum of Art from December 16, 2016-March 5, 2017!
Pacific Magazine covers happenings and stories taking place in San Diego County, brining to light some of the best that the city has to offer
View the December Issue
Excavating Our History: Visual Art as a Method for Research
I have been invited to present at UCLA's History of Asian Americans class to add onto Dr. Jean-Paul R. deGuzman’s message that “history is not something isolated into a textbook, but is a constellation of causes and conditions in which our families and ourselves are swept up and in which we make choices”, by focusing my workshop on how visual art can play a pivotal role in helping shape our personal, familial, and communal identities by opening up a space for discovery through storytelling. I hope to encourage the students to spend time with their elders in order learn more about their family history, our collective histories, and in this, find a path toward healing.
A special thanks to Dr. Jean-Paul R. deGuzman for the invitation!
We Are Here: Vietnamese American Identity and Memory
I have been invited to present my work as part of a year-long celebration entitled “Homescapes/Warscapes 25/30”, which commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the Department of Asian American Studies and the 30th anniversary of the Southeast Asian Archive.
The concept of “homescapes” highlights how Asian people have been displaced from their "home" countries, either voluntarily or involuntarily, and how they have sought to recreate a sense of “home” in the U.S. “Warscapes" speaks on how militarism in the Pacific World and across the Asian continent has played a central role in displacement of Asian people from their home countries. Wars destroyed homes, created the need for new ones, and facilitated the formation of hybrid kinship structures and identities.
Treble / Tremble
Location: Grand Central Art Center, 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2016
Luke was on a site visit to prepare for his upcoming show, and I met him just days prior to our performative session. During his time here, we discussed war and freedom, art and action, flow of sound, sitting at the piano together to share our methods, ideas, and inspirations. I was fortunate to have had the brief time with him. Just a couple hours before his flight back home to Australia, we were able to squeeze this session in to experiment with sound, movement, and the vibrations upon which they meet.
While Luke played this intuitive piece, using a line of symmetry with his fingers mirroring each other, I also worked from center, echoing this symmetry as I translated the sound and vibration into paint. This piece is the physical embodiment of letting go, of keeping centered, and finding and creating that meditative space within a humming and swirling atmosphere.
New Growth: Community Engagement's Public Unveiling & Fundraiser
Location: AKORN Entertainment, 305 W 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016 6:30 – 8:30pm
In February, I began my artist residency with Community Engagement, and as we enter into its second year, we will be hosting our first fundraiser and public unveiling. Community Engagement's mission to bring creative into low-income communities through the social practice art medium has been met with great community support, and we look forward to celebrating with you as we root deeper into these seasoned relationships, and grow into new ones.
Please join us as we share with the public the beautiful relationships and experiences that have blossomed in the communities we serve. Support our event by purchasing tickets and learn more about sponsorship opportunities.
Read more about my work with Heninger Village and learn about how art has brought new growth into their community.
Thank you to our Community Sponsors for growing with us: Bowers Museum, Natural Baking Company, OC Weekly, Pacific Symphony, South Coast Repertory, Vietnamese American Oral History Project at UC Irvine.
Unearthing History through Contemporary Art Practice
As part of the panel, Storytelling in Dwelling: Contemporary Art, History as Memory, and the Politics of Home in the Oral Histories of Vietnam
Presented by the 8th Engaging with Vietnam - An Interdisciplinary Dialogue Conference
Location: University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, 2500 Campus Road, Honolulu, HI 96822
Conference dates: October 5 – 8, 2016
For this year’s conference, I will be presenting with fellow interdisciplinary artists John Le (Chicago), Ly Hoang Ly (Vietnam), and Patricia Nguyen (Chicago), whose work is rooted in the fields of painting, sculpture, performance, sound, and architecture. Our panel offers the concept of dwelling as the creative practice of calling upon home and memory; dwelling as an act of being present in the depths and difficulties of memories to tell another version of history, specifically in the period after communist revolution and war in Vietnam. Grounded in oral histories of Vietnamese and Vietnamese Americans, the panel deals with the politics of memory and what it reveals in the aftermath of the Vietnam/American War both in the diaspora and in Vietnam.
Each artist will speak on how oral histories and contemporary art has served as methods of engaging Vietnamese communities to unearth histories of violence to cultivate spaces of healing, rituals of placemaking, and public interventions through acts of remembering.
An Evening of Creatives + Open Studios
Hosted by Grand Central Art Center
Location: 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016 4-6:30pm (right before the Santa Ana Art Walk from 7-10pm)
Come spend an evening learning about Grand Central Art Center, connecting with new and returning grad/undergrad students, CSUF alumni, COTA admin, artists, local art leaders, and educators. This evening offers appetizers and light refreshments, workshops facilitated by Artists-in-Residence Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle and Tyler Matthew Oyer, networking, open studio tours with Artists-in-Residence Amy Sanchez, Misael Diaz, and *yours truly*, and a tour of Grand Central Art Center before Downtown Santa Ana’s October Art Walk.
Independent Visions: Visual Art as Storytelling
Presented by the Asian Pacific Islander Student Resource Center of California State University, Los Angeles
Location: University Student Union Theater
5154 State University Drive, Room 206, U-SU
Los Angeles, CA 90032 (interactive campus map)
Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016 6:15-7:45pm
I have been invited to present at Cal State LA to talk about how life's experiences thread their way into my artwork and how my Vietnamese American experience has influenced this work. In addition to collaborative exercises, I will be discussing some ways in which one can begin or continue this important intergenerational dialogue in order to connect more deeply to one's history. We will also be screening "Honoring Life: The Work of Trinh Mai", produced by The Artist Odyssey, directed by David and Barbarella Fokos, and winner of the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film at Viet Film Festival 2016.
A special thanks to Mr. Minh Triet Dao and the Golden Eagles for having me!
Nature + Us
Presented by the Vietnamese American Society for Creative Arts and Music (VASCAM)
Location: San Jose, CA
Dates: Saturday, July 23, 2016 4-9pm, by invitation
Sunday, July 24, 2016 3-8pm, open invitation
It is my privilege to be invited to show at VASCAM's inaugural exhibition in San Jose. VASCAM is a non-profit organization whose mission is to cultivate, nurture and promote creative arts and music by Vietnamese Americans and Vietnamese overseas.
A special thanks to P.Q. Phan for the invitation!
OUT OF THE MARGINS: Trinh Mai
Published: Summer 2016
Curated and edited by Dao Strom for OUT OF THE MARGINS
OUT OF THE MARGINS is diaCRITICS’ Vietnamese American Literary Series, which curates literary work from poets, writers and artists of Vietnamese-American and Vietnamese diasporic experience. The mission of this series is to create an inclusive, diverse, provocative, ongoing space for voices and visions from this community, thus bringing them out of the margins.
It is a privilege to have my “Third Eye” and “We Are Here” series featured in OUT OF THE MARGINS. Thank you Diacritics and Dao Strom for your interest and for sharing my work.
Art as a Medium in the Search for History & Healing
Location: HICF 100K, University of California, Irvine (interactive campus map)
Art Talk Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016, 2 - 3:30pm
I've been invited to Professor Judy Wu's Viet Nam War class to speak on how my art practice ties into the life I've known here in America, and the life I've known of Vietnam through the inherited memories of my family members and those who have been willing to open up and share.
Thank you, Professor Wu, for the warm invitation!
Critical Dialogues Beyond Borders:
Oral History as Transnational Method & Praxis
A panel for Gateways, Ports and Portals: Re-imagining Points of Departure for Asian American Studies
Presented by the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS)
Location: Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132, Alto Room
Panel date: Friday, April 29, 2016 9:45 - 11:15am
Conference dates: April 28-30, 2016
I am very excited to be presenting my work at this year’s AAAS Conference! For our panel, we will discuss differences and overlaps among three oral history projects: the Vietnamese American Oral History Project (VAOHP, University of California, Irvine), the Korean American Oral History Archive (Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies, University of California, Riverside), and the Marshallese Oral History Project (Marshallese Educational Initiative, Arkansas).
Focusing on the eclectic life histories of Vietnamese, Korean, and Marshallese people living in the United States, each panel participant will discuss the different approaches to and applications of oral history - ranging from the implementation of life narratives in educational curricula, to community engagement initiatives and cultural and artistic production. Core themes of reimagining entry-points, gateways, and departures, each participant also discusses thronging dimensions of migration, relocation, and (re)settlement.
I Breathe With You
Location: Augusta Savage Gallery, University of Massachusetts, 100 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003
Show Dates: February 1 - May 6, 2016
Opening Reception: Monday, February 1, 2016 5-7pm
Gallery Hours: Mon & Tues 1-7pm; Wed - Fri 1-5pm
The exclamation “I can’t breathe” was made by Eric Garner, an African American man, 11 times while lying face down on the sidewalk after being placed in a police chokehold. He died one hour later from a heart attack due to injuries to his neck and chest. A grand jury decided not to indict the offending police officer. “I can’t breathe” has become one of the most recognizable utterances of recent protests against oppression. I Breathe With You establishes the artist as an ally to people and communities that suffer social injustices another atrocities.
This theme touched us both very deeply as my dear friend and soul sister, Kelly Clark, worked on this collaborative series, each of our hands playing a part in the creation of every piece. While grieving the death of Eric Garner, we also exhale a laden sigh for the countless others who have endured cruel injustices and immense suffering in the struggle for life. Among these is Freddie Gray who died from a spinal cord injury while in police study in Baltimore. This series is also a visual prayer for Kelly's healing as we stand in solidarity to fight with her as she battles cancer once again. We continue breathing with her. (And if you would be so kind, we ask that you take a breath for her and others, and send some healing energy their way. Very sincerely, thank you.)