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Art Off the Wall: Chitra Ganesh: Eyes of Time — Brooklyn Museum March 26, 2015 events

Art Off the Wall: Chitra Ganesh: Eyes of Time

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 6–9:30 p.m.
Throughout the Museum

Join us for an evening of activities in celebration of Chitra Ganesh’s work. The night includes the following:

6:30 p.m. Artist and Curator Talk

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Forum, 4th Floor
Chitra Ganesh and Saisha Grayson, Assistant Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, discuss the exhibition Chitra Ganesh: Eyes of Time.

7–9:30 p.m. Zine Library
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
Browse and respond to a zine library curated and hosted by Brooklyn Zine Fest, inspired by Ganesh’s first major work, Tales of Amnesia(2002).

7:15 p.m.
Short Films by Chitra Ganesh
(looping throughout the rest of the evening)
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Forum, 4th Floor

  • Rabbithole (2010, 3 min.); animation, with music by Karsh Kale
  • What Remains (2009, 14 min.); written and directed by Sarita Khurana and Chitra Ganesh
  • My dreams, my works must wait till after hell… (2011, 7 min.); created, directed, and produced by Girl (Simone Leigh and Chitra Ganesh)

7:15 p.m. Dance Warm Up
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
Ajna Dance Company breaks down the basics of Bhangra in a participatory movement workshop.

8–9:30 p.m. Dance Party with DJ Rekha
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
Producer and activist DJ Rekha spins a Bhangra dance set.


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Love of Sun [], a multimedia exhibit curated by Rachel Kennedy and produced by Moholy Ground Project

“Love of Sun”

Online-Only Multimedia Exhibit Depicts California Artists’ Visions of China — and Chinese Artists’ Visions of California

Love of Sun [], a multimedia exhibit curated by Rachel Kennedy and produced by Moholy Ground Project, officially went live for an exclusive online-only exhibit from now to January 4, 2014. The site showcases photographs and videos by a variety of artists based in China and California, each depicting their unique vision of the opposite region. Works by Chinese artists includes Aphasia Li Chen’s powerful, Chris Marker-influenced film shot during her time with the Occupy Movement in the Bay Area, and Chen Zhou’s lonely, whimsical Superman-California Dreaming, beautifully shot with an iPhone 5, which evokes cross-cultural cosplay and social media. Works by California artists include Rian Dundan’s Fan, a sad, insightful photo series depicting (and deglamorizing) the off-screen life of Chinese superstar Fan Bing Bing, shot during Dundon’s time as the actress’ English tutor while she prepared for a role in Iron Man 3.

Named after a track of the same name by Beijing-based indie band The Ruins, Love of Sun highlights works which critically examine cultural, political, economic, and aesthetic influences between contemporary California and China. “The potential for cross-pollination between artists working in urban China and California deserves deep investigation,” explains Kennedy. “Economic and political relations between China and the US are at a historic high, and in the US, especially in technology and entertainment, California is the locus of this cultural exchange.” The decision to debut Love of Sun as an online installation also reflects how much this interaction between the two regions is largely mediated by the Internet.

After its end date, Love of Sun will transition to showings at gallery locations in California and China.

Love of Sun’s Featured Artists and Works

● Chen Zhou – “Superman/California Dreaming” (described above). View here:

● Rian Dundon – “fan” (described above). View here:

● Li “Lillian” Chen – “aphasia” (described above). View

● Duo Peng – “Outsider”, a docu-photo series of San Francisco’s Chinatown inhabitants, who live in “a separate space” between the US and modern China. View here:

● Chen Zhang – “Surface Read”, a series exploring China’s “post-1980s children” culture through conceptual photos. View here:

● Calvin Lee – “Rancho Rodeo de la Aguas”, a series of photos of luxury products produced in China and displayed on Rodeo Drive. View here:

● Jeannie Sims – “Readymaids” a photo series offering a glimpse at the Indonesian women destined to work in the McMansions of China’s newly wealthy. View here:

● Alice Tuan – “Shanghailand”, a photo-essay on everyday life in today’s Shanghai. View here:

About the Creator/Curator and Publisher:

Rachel Kennedy is editor-in-chief of Moholy Ground and currently an MA candidate at California Institute of the Arts’ Aesthetics and Politics program.

Moholy Ground ( is a San Francisco-based non-profit founded and directed by John McCoy.

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Curated by Kathryn Myers, Radiate: Art of the South Asian Diaspora is on view November 2–December 15, 2012 at the University of Illinois Chicago Gallery 400. The eleven artists featured in Radiate articulate a variety of different questions centering on their identities and experiences within the South Asian Diaspora. The diversity of meaning, metaphor, and material in their work defies attempts at locating any fixed geographic or cultural “essence” of identity among these artists. Rather, multiple and mutable senses of self and history are expressed through concepts and forms that weave an abundant labyrinth of associations.

We invite you to attend the opening reception of Radiate: Art of the South Asian Diaspora on the evening November 2, 5-8pm, as well as the related programming scheduled throughout the duration of the exhibition. Admission to the Gallery and related programs is free, and they also offer group tours.

– Panel discussion: Shelly Bahl, Siona Benjamin, Pradosh Mishra, and Kathryn Myers
Thursday, November 1, 6pm

– Video presentation: Regarding India, Conversations With Contemporary Artists
Friday, November 2, 12pm

– Film and Video Screening: Translations, curated by Mathew Paul Jinks and Megha Ralapati
Wednesday, November 28, 7pm

Full details can be found on our website at

For more information on the exhibition, visiting the gallery, or a possible tour, please call 312-996-6114 or e-mail

Gallery 400
UIC College of Architecture & he Arts
400 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 0607

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Video artist Valerie Soe at DePaul University Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Video artist Valerie Soe at DePaul University
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
5-6:30 PM

The Chinese Gardens and The Oak Park Story
Two film screenings and an artist talk by acclaimed experimental video artist Valerie Soe
DePaul University Art Museum
935 W. Fullerton
Chicago, IL

Sponsored by Global Asian Studies and the Department of History of Art and Architecture
This event is FREE and open to the public

Valerie Soe
is a San Francisco writer, educator, and artist whose experimental videos and installations, which look at gender and cultural identity and anti-racism struggles, have exhibited at venues such as the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles the Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum in New York City, and at film festivals worldwide. Her most recent award-winning documentary, The Oak Park Story <>  (2010) has exhibited widely across the country. Soe is also the author of the blog <> , which looks at Asian American art, film, culture, and activism. beyondasiaphilia is the recipient of a 2012 Art Writers’ Grant from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation, one of only seven such grants awarded in the U.S. She is an Assistant Professor in the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University, where she teaches film history and production, cultural criticism, art and social practice, and media

Chinese Gardens – Racism, resistance, and the hidden history of Chinese Americans
The Chinese Gardens looks at the lost Chinese community in Port Townsend, Washington,
examining anti-Chinese violence—lynchings, beatings, and murders—in the Pacific Northwest in the late 1800s and drawing connections between past and present race relations in the U.S.

The Oak Park Story
The Oak Park Story (2010, 22 min.) is a documentary film that recounts the journeys of three families – from Cambodia, Mexico, and California – who band together at a run-down slum in Oakland CA and win a landmark settlement against their landlord.

The film is directed, edited, co-produced and co-written by Valerie Soe and co-produced and co-written by Russell Jeung, both of whom are professors of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University.

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FAAIM presents the 2012 Asian American Showcase

Chicago – The Foundation for Asian American Independent Media and The
Gene Siskel Film Center present the 17th annual Asian American
Showcase, April 6 – 19, 2012. The Asian American Showcase spotlights
film and videos, produced by and or about the Asian American
experience. The festival encompasses comedies and dramas, probing
documentaries, and live soundtracks being performed to films, all
showcasing the wealth of talent on the Asian American scene.

Feature film highlights:

Opening Night Film!
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS – by Dave Boyle; the follow-up film to last years
break out hit – SURROGATE VALENTINE. Takes musician Goh Nakamura back
on the road on an impulsive pursuit for love and closure. Actors Goh
Nakamura and Michael Aki will be present, and Goh will be performing a
special set on opening night Friday April 6

Closing Night Film!
YES WE’RE OPEN – by Rich Wong; a “swinging” comedy that revolves
around sex, gourmet meals, and bad choices. Starring Lynn Chen, Parry
Shen, Sheetal Sheth. Writer H.P. Mendoza will be present on Sunday
April 15

IN THE FAMILY – by Patrick Wang; one of the most talked about films of
the year, this masterful drama merits every minute of it’s epic
length. Director/actor Patrick Wang will be present on Saturday April

I AM A GHOST by H.P. Mendoza; join us on a journey to the other world
with this atmospheric ghost story, on…you guessed it…Friday April
13th. Director H.P. Mendoza will be present.

KNOTS – by Michael Kang; a marriage proposal goes awry, sets the tone
for this wacky comedy from the director of THE MOTEL and WEST 32nd,
starring Kimberly-Rose Wolter, Illeana Douglas, and Sung Kang

Documentary film highlights:

NO LOOK PASS – the coming of age story of Harvard’s women’s basketball
star Emily Tay

BIG IN BOLLYWOOD – the highly unlikely rise to fame of Omi Vaidya, the
star of India’s biggest blockbuster 3 IDIOTS.

THE JAKE SHIMABUKURO DOCUMENTARY – a behind-the-scenes profile of
Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, directed by one of our
festival favorite, Tad Nakamura.

OPEN SEASON – a look at Chai Vang, the Minnesota Hmong immigrant
convicted of the 2004 murder of 6 deer hunters in the Wisconsin woods.

Special Event:

IS THAT SO! and SUITE SUITE CHINATOWN, with music performed by Tatsu
Aoki, Arthur Yeung, Jon Monteverde, along with a few special guests

Art Shows (free to public)
MAPPING – Chinese American Museum of Chicago
100YEARS – The Gene Siskel Film Center
GANG OF NINE – Research House for Asian Art

For the complete schedule, list of films, guest appearances, and
ticketing information: all events (unless otherwise noted) are at the Gene
Siskel Film Center
164 N. State Street, Chicago

A downloadable program booklet will be available soon and don’t forget
to check the festival blog for director interviews and film trailers

FAAIM is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

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Expats & Exiles in Phnom Penh launch film works to challenge US Deportations of Cambodian Americans

Contact: Anida Yoeu Ali
tel: +855-089-751-896 (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
or tel +011-312-650-9638 (Chicago, IL USA)

Nov 18, 2011

Expats & Exiles in Phnom Penh launch film works to challenge US Deportations of Cambodian Americans

Studio Revolt, a collaborative media lab, in Phnom Penh recently released two videos “My Asian Americana” and “Why I Write” on the deportation of Khmer exiled Americans. Both videos use the medium of film to humanize the experiences of exiled Americans, re-framing the issue as a human rights violation. Consistent to Studio Revolt’s style, each video pushes unconventional narratives into a public sphere while still exhibiting the studio’s high quality production value on a shoestring budget. Strategically changing the discourse from deportees to “exiles” is in fact part of the studio’s appeal to a larger public to reconsider this debate.

“The term “deportee,” suggestive of someone who has been sent back to “a homeland,” fails to acknowledge the very fact that Cambodian Americans are in fact Americans who pledge their allegiance not to Cambodia but to the United States.  Having paid for their crimes in the United States, they have been unfairly and involuntarily sentenced to live the rest of their lives abroad, in a place that is not home and offers no refuge.  They are thus incontrovertibly exiles, Americans who long for their  U.S. homeland.” — Dr. Cathy Schlund-Vials, Asian American Studies Institute at University of Connecticut

In “My Asian Americana” a small community of concerned expats and exiles living in Phnom Penh gathered to film a short video challenging the unjust act of deportations. On November 1st, the video was submitted to the White House Asian American Pacific Islander Initiative’s What’s Your Story Video Challenge which called for submissions of Asian American stories of impact. The studio hopes the film will convince the White House to prioritize the issue of deportation as an urgent Asian American.

Director and Producer Anida Yoeu Ali states, “Although  U.S. Laws and Policies may appear “effective” for the administration in power, history has proven that the same laws and policies were often created out of fear and discrimination to disenfranchise a specific population (i.e Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Angel Island, Anti-Miscegenation laws, Japanese Internment Camps). As Asian Americans, it is our obligation to never forget our histories nor remain silent in the face of adversity. As Americans we grew up believing justice is for all.”

The second short film, “Why I Write” created by filmmaker and cinematographer Masahiro Sugano presents a stark and powerful spoken word video debut by Kosal Khiev. Kosal, a poet and US Prison system survivor, was deported to Cambodia in February 2011 after serving a 14 year sentence. While in prison, Kosal discovered spoken word poetry from a former Vietnam War veteran. Spoken word became his creative channel to tell his own story and transform his anger, regrets, and experiences into a poetic art form. Since his arrival, Kosal has used poetry to uplift his situation, with compelling performances at NERD night, The Body Open Mic series, and TEDx Phnom Penh. Along with the debut of his video, Kosal Khiev also launched his website which has additional information for others in jeopardy of being deported to Cambodia.

“We may not have all the voices we need in Congress right now, but what we have are our own voices – which have been presented by Studio Revolt in a form we can use to organize for the social and political change we desperately need.” — Mia-lia Kiernan, Community Organizer of One Love Movement (Philadelphia)

The two videos have been released on youtube. The links to works can be found here:

My Asian Americana (3min, Color, HD Video, 2011)
Featuring Kosal Khiev with Anida Yoeu ALI, Sokha CHHIM, Vinh DAO, Phyrak KHUN, Ryan TONG, Vanna SANN, and Thea SOM
Via our website:
Direct to YouTube:

Why I Write (7min 30 sec, Color, HD Video, 2011)
Starring: Kosal Khiev
Via our website:
Direct to YouTube:


For additional information please contact Anida Yoeu Ali at
or by phone in Phnom Penh at +855-089-751-896 or in Chicago +011-312-650-9638.
More info about our studio and other works can be found

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“Cultures Of Resistance” — Artists On Arts & Activism Suheir Hammad, Sidd Joag, Iara Lee, Paul D. Miller — Workshop | Film Screening | Panel Discussion

Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU presents

“Cultures Of Resistance” — Artists On Arts & Activism
Suheir Hammad, Sidd Joag, Iara Lee, Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky)
Workshop | Film Screening | Panel Discussion

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
RSVP to WORKSHOP and FILM/PANEL: online at www. | | 212.992.9653
FREE and open to the public.

A/P/A Institute asks four artists — Suheir Hammad, Sidd Joag, Iara Lee and Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) — to explore the idea of being “the change they want to see” as set forth by filmmaker Iara Lee in her film “Cultures of Resistance.” The workshop, screening and discussion will provide launching points for artists, scholars and community to come together in discussion on artistsʼ roles in global change and resistance.

WORKSHOP with Artist Sidd Joag, freeDimensional
NYU Institute for Public Knowledge
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

Artist Sidd Joag of freeDimensional will facilitate a workshop on its new region-specific model for providing distress services to artists and culture workers in areas of conflict. Participants will engage with the concept, purpose, structure and outcomes of Regional Triage Teams – network activators designed to advocate for and access resources on behalf of artists facing political repression as a result of their activist work.

FILM “Cultures of Resistance” dir. Iara Lee
NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
24 West 12th Street, Auditorium

Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, travelling over five continents, Lee encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. This is their story. From Iran, where graffiti and rap became tools in fighting government repression, to Burma, where monks acting in the tradition of Gandhi take on a dictatorship, moving on to Brazil, where musicians reach out to slum kids and transform guns into guitars, and ending in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, where photography, music, and film have given a voice to those rarely heard, “Cultures of Resistance” explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.

NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò,
24 West 12th Street, Auditorium

The film is the launching point for the post-screening panel featuring filmmaker Iara Lee (“Cultures of Resistence”), Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky on the Vanuatu Pacifica Project and Tanna Center for the Arts), poet Suheir Hammad, and artist Sidd Joag. The panel will explore the role of the artist in a global society, including that of the diasporic artist. The panel will be moderated by NYU Tisch School of the Artsʼ Art & Public Policy Program chair Randy Martin.

Co-sponsored by: The Institute for Public Knowledge; Tisch School of the Arts’ Art & Public Policy Program; NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions; NYU Students for Justice in Palestine; and the NYU Center for Media, Culture and History


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