SOMArts Cultural Center | 2011

AOHO SOMArts 2011

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A PLACE OF HER OWN 2011 | SOMArts Cultural, San Francisco

In partnership with Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC), A PLACE OF HER OWN featured multimedia visual and literary art of 28 Asian American women.

2011 marked our third and largest production of A PLACE OF HER OWN. This long term art and healing project began at the de Young Museum as Artists-in-Residence in 2009, then on to the intimate Driftwood Salon gallery in 2010.   Co-presented with the API Cultural Center as part of their 14th United States of Asian AmericaFestival, the work of 26 Asian American women artists was showcased. Artists to creatively responded to the question, “If you had a place of your own, what would it be?”

AAWAA hosted a literary reading and artists’  roundtable. We reached out highest attendance at 3,000+ and multitudes saw the show unfold online. Our partners included CBS 5 and AsianWeek Foundation.

Each artist submitted her proposal for an unrealized artwork that considers the question, “If you had a place of your own, what would it be?” Over the course of several months, selected artists developed their finished work through a process that uniquely combines personal inquiry, guided introspection, material inspiration, and community dialogue. Artists were encouraged to respond to the same question in her own individual way, in her own media, and to her own end.

With so many talented artists, 2011’s A PLACE OF HER OWN provided the opportunity to consider our question from multiple viewpoints. We showcased work at SOMArtsCultural Center’s Main Gallery that explored themes of location in time, space, and lineage. Consider the various messages Shizue Siegel’s Imperatrix Mundiand Elizabeth Travelslight’s blanket-fort or Shari Arai Deboer’s Library of My Mind alongside Amanda Ichihasi Jagerman’s Yurt. Other works, like Vivian Truong’s Bathtub, Kathy Fujii-Oka’s Accident, Judy Shintani’s Labyrinth, undertake the relationships between solitude, emotional endeavor, and physical sensation. Still others, like Elaine Gin Louie’sVisible or Irene Wibawa’s Experiment D11 and Kelsay Myers’ The Red Frame, offer challenging experiences of scale that explore the inescapable tensions: inside and outside, motion and stillness, coming and going, and softness and strength.

Part of the process invited the broader community to share in the artists’ experiences through ongoing dialogue and hands on participation with AAWAA’s Community House, situated in the annex room of the Main Gallery.