Detail of Keeping Installation, 2019, courtesy of The Round Rock Collective

Agarianaa @ SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco

AAWAA and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) present the multidisciplinary art exhibition Agrarianaa: Art Inspired by APA Agricultural Roots, as part of APICC’s annual United States of Asian America Festival.

Agrarianaa is a multimedia exhibition featuring 25 artists and farmers rooted in the rich history of Asian Pacific American agricultural crafts, legacies and present-day community placemaking. Artists in the show reflect on ancestral farming and gardening practices and address interconnected topics such as migrant labor, environmental activism, land and food sovereignty. Works range from installations mapping out food ways impacted by factory farming and genetically modified seeds to paper and textiles dyed and woven from the sacred and spiritual cultivation of the earth. The exhibition also covers multiple histories planted in the exploitation of Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWII, the the cross-cultural nourishment of a Hawaiian plate lunch, the grassroots solidarity among the United Farm Workers movement and more. Agrarianaa includes artists of multiple generations, ethnic backgrounds and gender identities, all highlighting how a regenerative agricultural ecosystem can sprout into the resilient spaces necessary to heal and thrive in community.

In addition to the visual arts showcase, Agrarianaa features biographies from the diasporic food growers including Namu Farms along with textual histories and artifacts from the Chinese Historical Society of America.


Michelle A. Lee, Diana Li, Erina C Alejo


Sita Bhaumik, Artist, Educator, Writer, and cook with the People’s Kitchen Collective

Aileen Suzara, Land-based Educator, Eco-Advocate, and Cook

Participating Artists:

Angela Angel, Caryl Henry Alexander, Choppy Oshiro, Emerald Maher, Eryn Kimura, Frances Huynh, Grace Hwang Lynch, Hanna Chen, Julio “Somos One” Magaña-Saludado, Libby Paloma, lisa pradhan, Lucien Kubo, Lydia Nakashima Degarrod, MalPina Chan, *O.M. France, Vasudhaa Narayanan, Pallavi Sharma, Patricia Ong, Reiko Fujii, Roseli Ilano, roshni kavate, Susie Kagami, *The Rooted Recipes Project, The Round Rock Collective

*Denotes invited artists

Dates: May 2 – 23, 2019

Location: SOMArts Cultural Center, Main Gallery, 934 Brannan St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 12:00pm – 7:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm-5:00pm

Opening Reception & Performances: May 2nd, 2019, 6:00pm-9:00pm Featuring a performance by Patricia Ong and Roseli Ilano, chants from the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee facilitated by Julio Magaña, and a Pop-Up Shop featuring affordable artwork by Agrarianaa artists.

Closing Reception & Literary Reading: May 23rd, 2019, 6:00pm-9:00pm. Featuring a literary reading curated by Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong. Visitors are also invited to bring seeds, plants and cuttings for a participatory plant swap to occur at the closing reception.

Presentation Partners: Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Chinese Historical Society of America

Funded in Part by: Grants for the Arts, California Arts Council, SF Arts Commission, Zellerbach Family Foundation

Sponsored in Part by: SOMArts Cultural Center