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Disorientalism and artist Katherine Behar — upcoming fall 2011 exhibitions and events

Disorientalism’s solo show, Ready Mix, will be on view in Portland at the Feldman Gallery + Project Space at PNCA, in association with PICA’s TBA Festival. Ready Mix continues the series, The Food Groups, when the Disorientals encounter Aunt Jemima. The new work for this show includes 3D lenticular images and bobbleheads!

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Ready Mix
Curated by Mack McFarland

September 1 – October 22
Feldman Gallery + Project Space
PNCA Main Campus
1241 NW Johnson St
Portland, OR, 97209

Opening Reception: September 1, 6PM – 8PM

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In conjunction with the exhibition, Disorientalism is honored to give the 2011 Convocation Lecture at PNCA  with a new performance lecture about failure.

So Happy to be Here in the 21st Century
Convocation Talk by Katherine Behar and Marianne M. Kim

PNCA Main Campus
Swigert Commons
1241 NW Johnson St
Portland, OR, 97209

September 1, 12PM – 1:30PM

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DAAN member Katherine Behar will also participate in Don’t Fence Me In… Or Out,  a group show of recent feminist art at Lesley Heller Workspace.

Don’t Fence Me In… Or Out
Curated by Lisa Corinne Davis
September 7 – October 16
Lesley Heller Workspace
54 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002

Opening Reception: September 7, 6PM – 8PM

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Behar will also be included in Interior-ity, a special project for the Moscow Biennale. This group show of new media works about inner life is set in an office, using office computers.

Moscow Biennale Special Project: Interior-ity
Curated by Dima Strakovsky and Lana Zaytseva

September 18 – October 30
Proekt Fabrika
18, Perevedenovsky side-street
Moscow, Russia

Opening Reception:  September 20

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Behar has also been working on a new curatorial project in collaboration with Emmy Mikelson. Our exhibition, And Another Thing, shows historical and contemporary works that deal with non-anthropocentrism.

And Another Thing
Co-curated by Katherine Behar and Emmy Mikelson

September 14 – October 29
The James Gallery
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Opening Reception: September 14, 6PM – 8PM

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For more information on Katherine Behar’s works, visit her site at:

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Skills Swap & Idea Party — NYC

Skills Swap & Idea Party

A Collaboration of and Chanika Svetvilas
Tuesday, June 29, 6-9pm – FREE

TALLLER BORICUA galleries at the Julia De Burgos Latino Cultural Center
1680 Lexington Avenue, between 105 & 106 Streets, NYC
Light refreshments will be served.

SKILLS SWAP – 6-7:30pm: Seek and you shall find! Meet other people interested in bartering skills and exchanging experiences or expertise.

IDEA PARTY – 7:30-9pm: Want feedback on an idea? Each person has 10 minutes to present an idea and get feedback from the group.

Visit to sign up! Please RSVP by June 25

WHAT IS A SKILLS SWAP? At the Skills Swap you will have the opportunity to exchange 1-3 skills or services for another. Think of what you’re looking for, and hopefully you’ll find it. For instance, you could trade sewing for dog walking. And if you sew, you can offer to teach the skill or hem or tailor one piece of clothing.

Guests will write the skills they would like to share and what they are seeking on label tags. Each person will be given 3 popsicle sticks to list the skill or service and contact information to exchange with others during the evening. Participants will have the opportunity to continue to barter through, an online bartering site.

WHAT IS AN IDEA PARTY? An Idea Party works like this: We’ll set up groups of up to 10 participants who will present their ideas in the following fashion:

“This is what I want to do:_________; here is my obstacle:_________.” For example: “I want to have a block party; but I don’t know what the procedures are.” Next, the group will brainstorm solutions and offer information. Each participant presents an idea and shares advice with others.

Who? Have you ever had an idea? Good, you are eligible.
How? Enrollment is limited. Please RSVP with your idea/goal and obstacle by June 25th.

Idea Parties were introduced to by Erin Marie Sickler at Trade School, a project of Co-presented by The Field & Taller Boricua, with support form Senator José Serrano, as part of The Field’s program Economic Revitalization for Performing Artists


OurGoods is a barter website for anyone with a creative project. The site matches barter partners, provides accountability tools, and offers technical assistance resources to help artists complete their barters and their projects successfully.

OurGoods emerges in response to the current economic crisis. To some extent, the arts have always existed in a recession economy. Independent artists in particular are experts at making do with very limited resources. As it becomes clear that even those limited resources will shrink in the coming years, OurGoods enables us to leverage what we already do well in order to create a support system for ourselves. For more information, visit OurGoods is a recipient of The Field’s Economic Revitalization for Performing Artists (ERPA) grant. ERPA receives funding from The Rockefeller Foundation’s Cultural Innovation Fund.

Chanika Svetvilas presented her first public Skills Swap at Taller Boricua in conjunction with her solo show Import/Export that involved a team of ten people to complete the installation of transformed readymade materials that reflected on the relationship between labor, consumerism, and migration and ultimately globalization. Chanika has exhibited citywide in New York as well as Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Denver, and has held residencies at Rotunda/BCAT/Brooklyn Community Access Television and UpSet Press (New York). She received a B.S. in studio art from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York and will pursue her MFA at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, fall 2010.

Erin Sickler is an independent curator and writer based in New York City. Previously, she has worked at institutions including the Queens Museum of Art and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. Recent exhibitions include: Queens International 4 (Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY 2009), Hanging Out at No Rio (ABC No Rio and Cuchifritos Gallery, New York, NY, 2009), and Apologies and Further Concessions (BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2010). She is Exhibitions and Collections Manager for 601Artspace and the New York correspondent for the Swiss art magazine Kunst Bulletin. This summer she will be a 2010 Fellow at the Smithsonian Latino Center

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Muslim Exhibit DEFACED At School Of The Art Institute

For the latest news on this story, visit:

Please help to circulate. I would be grateful if you can attend.
This has been draining and disheartening and i cannot do this alone.
I refuse to end in violence.
– Anida


Dear Friends, Family, Mentors, and Supporters —

Peace & Blessings,

On Tuesday May 11 at 12:30pm my friend and I came to view my installation titled “1700% Project: Otherance” and found the wall installation defaced with caricatures and a word bubble that was not part of the installation or original performance. The word bubble was strategically placed around the wall text that reads “Kill all Arabs.” This is obviously an intentional act of hate related vandalism. The person(s) used the stains & materials left in the space for the defacement. There is no invitation for anyone to interact with the materials. The work has statements on the wall plate, takeaway brochure & the wall itself indicating the work is about “hate crimes.”

In light of the recent defacement of my work, I am placing a call to action for my communities to attend and participate in this Saturday’s performance and discussion. The public performance is scheduled for Saturday May 15th at 12:30pm in Sullivan Galleries (33 S. State 7th Floor) at the wall installation.

My original performance was going to entail a scheduled performance of the text followed by a public staining of the walls. The point of the “1700% Project: Otherance” has always been to make what is seemingly invisible more visible. However, based on this recent incident, I am responding by modifying the performance to include a facilitated dialogue with faculty, students, the public and the communities to which these acts of hate and bias crimes address. The “1700% Project: Otherance” is a politically charged art installation that cannot be silenced and disrupted in this manner. During Saturday’s performance I am asking for the public to join me in the staining process — to transform the marks of vandalism and hate into acts of collective healing and reclamation. This is a call to action to respond as a community within and beyond the borders of SAIC. This is not just an assault on me as an artist, this is an attack on multiple communities to which the work speaks for.

It has been a difficult road and this kind of work has not been easy to develop, and its reception has been controversial. I am asking my friends, family, mentors, acquaintances, fans, supporters, allies and even strangers to come out this Saturday may 15th to the gallery — to stand with defiance in the face of violence, to open up this critical dialogue about the role of art & politics, and to place real faces behind real issues in a time where we must not be silenced. Come, speak, and help me to to transform the defacement into an act of defiance!

You can see the vandalized artwork and follow my blog:

There is also an additional final Closing show on Friday May 21 @4:30pm where we will begin to peel all the words from the stained wall.
Gallery Hours: Tu-Sa (11am-6pm) ALWAYS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Light and Love,
Anida Yoeu Ali
performer/writer/agitator <>

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APRIL 24, Downtown Los Angeles. Hidden Legacy: A tribute to teachers of Japanese traditional arts in the wartime WRA camps

Hidden Legacy: A tribute to teachers of Japanese traditional arts in the wartime WRA camps, featuring seven living artists of that period, will be held on Saturday, April 24 at Koyasan Buddhist Temple, 342 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

The program will start at 3 pm, featuring performances of classical odori (dance), biwa (5-string lute-like instrument), nagauta shamisen, koto, and Bon Odori (dance to honor the dead).

From 4 pm, discussion will take place with the featured artists, and panel moderator Prof. Jere Takahashi, Lecturer of Asian American Studies at UC Berkeley.

Admission are suggested donation $20 for general, $15 for seniors and students with ID. For information and reservations, call (213) 628-2725 ext.133, or email Gavin Kelley

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Memory Into Flesh: A Tribute to the Performance & Activism of Anida Yoeu Ali

“Memory Into Flesh: A Tribute to the Performance & Activism of Anida Yoeu Ali”
A multimedia conversation on stage with the artist recounting her raw energy, powerful vision and unbending conviction that refuses to acquiesce to what bell hooks so blatantly terms “the white-supremacist-capitalist-patriarchy” from spoken word to graphic design to political activism to writing to Butoh dance to performance art to motherhood.

Saturday, April 10th from 6-7:30pm
Gene Siskel Film Center

STATEMENT: As an artist and a Cambodian Muslim transnational, I am professionally and personally drawn to themes of recuperation and reclamation.  My work synthesizes poetry, movement, video, and site-specific installations into hybrid explorations, often mapping new political and spiritual landscapes. Recalling that the oral tradition saved and preserved Cambodian art, I am inspired as an artist to seek those routes of memory. Memories surface through the body. Memories do not follow linear chronology. Artists have a power to bring out memories, stories, and moments that official history does not always account for. Artists also have a way of disrupting meta-narratives. I perform stories in an attempt to remember my ancestry, my memories, and my relationship to the spirit world. Accordingly, batik sarongs, Muslim prayer garments, my father’s PTSD panic attacks, my daughter’s pterodactyl-like noises, recollections and tales of “Home”, the displaced body, Butoh, my parents’ old photos from Cambodia, turmoil, and joy are all elements of my art. Although my work has increasingly shifted towards movement, dance, and installation, I have never abandoned writing.  Narratives continue to operate, alongside text and writing, as source materials for new works. Performing narratives is an act of social storytelling that contributes to collective healing. Performance and storytelling have become ways of bridging the interior and exterior space of self. This theme of externalizing my interior space is the thread that connects my early writings and performances with my current body of work. Currently, I perform in site-specific locations, often energetically “charged” spaces that utilize yards and yards of textile/fiber. For me, this material acts as an extension of skin, as a way for the surface of my body to extend into public spaces, and as a metaphoric device for stories to spread across an expanse. Rooted in autobiographical experiences my work chronicles my life, my family’s experiences, and my dreams. My work, in all its forms, acknowledges the solidarity of shared historical and diasporic struggles. As an art-maker, I am committed to artistic rigor and a dedicated catalyst for dialogue and change.

Bio: Performance artist, writer and global agitator, Anida Yoeu Ali  is a first generation Muslim Khmer woman born in Cambodia and raised in Chicago. Her interdisciplinary performances use Butoh to examine the poetic potential of the body and collective healing. Her performance work transforms loss into conversations about reconciliation. Since 1998, Anida has toured over 300 colleges and venues with the spoken word ensemble, I Was Born With Two Tongues, and the multimedia collective Mango Tribe. The Tongues’ pioneering live performances and critically-acclaimed debut CD, “Broken Speak”, ignited a new generation of Asian American voices. She is also a founding member of Young Asians With Power!Asian American Artists Collective-Chicago, the National APIA Spoken Word & Poetry Summit, and MONSOON fine arts journal. Her artistic work has been the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Endowment of the Arts and Illinois Arts Council. From Copenhagen to Ho Chi Minh City, Anida lectures, exhibits and performs internationally. For more insights, please visit

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Chicago Asian American Showcase April 2-15, 2010

Featuring Films, Music, Visual Art Exhibition, and Performance


The Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) was founded in 1995 by journalist Ben Kim, and musicians Sooyoung Park and William Shin. Known then as Fortune4, the organization’s first project was a New York Times- and MTV-lauded recording and subsequent tour of Asian American rock bands, entitled Ear of the Dragon. Capitalizing on their success, in 1996 the group created the Annual Chicago Asian American Showcase (the Showcase), which, in its fifteen years, has become one of the Midwest’s premier celebrations of Asian American culture, and the nation’s only film festival dedicated exclusively to Asian American film. Incorporated as a not-for-profit in 1999, FAAIM has succeeded in establishing strong working relationships with artists, community leaders and organizations, and mainstream cultural institutions, including the Gene Siskel Film Center, which has served as a venue and partner for the Showcase since its inception.

Since 2001 Executive Director Tim Hugh has helmed FAAIM in its mission to promote film, video, and other media by and about Asian Americans.  Recognizing Chicago’s distinction as home to a fertile and diverse artistic community, and a city with a rich, vibrant history of Asian American experiences, FAAIM capitalizes on all that the city has to offer in order to achieve its founding goals:

  • Educate communities – Asian American and mainstream, local and national – about Asian American history and issues.
  • Introduce Asian American perspectives into the ongoing self-definition of or multicultural society in Chicago, the Midwest, and the United States.
  • Foster understanding across lines of race, ethnicity, religion, age, and region.
  • Sustain growth and encourage excellence in Asian American culture, and elevate Chicago’s place within it.

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Indo American Arts Council & Middlesex County College present Art and Dance of the South Asian Diaspora

Indo American Arts Council
& Middlesex County College
Art and Dance of the South Asian Diaspora
Art and Dance of the Indian Diaspora
Guest curator Kathryn Myers, Professor of Art,
the University of Connecticut

Opening Reception: FEBRUARY 25 – Time 5-7PM
Dance performance – 7 -9PM

Venue: Studio Theater and Gallery, Middlesex County College
Location: 2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, NJ 08118 | Directions: click here

Visual Art Exhibition

FEBRUARY 23 – MARCH 25, 2010
Opening Reception FEBRUARY 25, 2010 | 5-7 PM

Guest curator Kathryn Myers, Professor of Art, the University of Connecticut

The artists in this exhibition share points or origin and connection in South Asia and the Diaspora, including India, Pakistan, Trinidad and the United States. All presently work in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Edison, New Jersey, as the location of a significant South Asian population is an appropriate site for this exhibition where a multiplicity of creative endeavors reflect the rich diversity of this community, an exhibition where a variety of artistic languages,sculpture, installation, video and printmaking, invite translation, interpretation and engagement.The exhibition features work by: Sonia Chaudhary, Ruby Chishti, Indrani Nayar-Gall, Asha Ganpat, Nidhi Jalan, Raghava KK, Satyakam Saha. The exhibition is coordinated by IAAC Exhibitions Director Amina Ahmed.

The Exhibition is free of charge.

Dance performance

FEBRUARY 25, 2010 | 7-9 PM.

The evening performance celebrates dance, music and storytelling of the Indian diaspora by presenting works of four prominent and emerging dancers and choreographers. Each choreographer reinterprets tradition taking off from the source to innovate, reconstruct and create new narratives, movement and aesthetic based on their own context and vision.
Featured Performers:
Maria Colaco Dance, Parijat Desai Dance Company, Parul Shah Dance Company, Ramya Ramnarayan

Post-performance Discussion: Moderated by Rajika Puri, renowned dancer and choreographer. The performances are curated by IAAC Dance Director Prachi Dalal.

Regular $20 / Students, seniors and children $10 Advance tickets purchase at (Pick at door)

Information 1-866-811-4111; On-site information 732-906-2589

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k. terumi shorb “Making the Invisible Visible” Fri, Feb 19, noon UofC

University of Chicago CSRPC Artist-in-Residence k. terumi shorb “Making teh Invisible Visible”
Friday, Feb 19, 12:00 noon
5710 S. Woodlawn
Chicago, IL
Free lunch

k. terumi shorb makes the invisible visible through theatre. She is trained in Suzuki Actor Training and Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints with the SITI Company. shorb is Artistic Director of the Generic Ensemble Company for which she directed the critically acclaimed Stuck on Gee-Dot. she is a founding member (acting, writing, song writing) of Stamp Lab: A Performance group, with which she shared the Fourth Annual ArtSpark Festival Best Theatre Award and the 2009 FronteraFest “Best of Fest” Award. She has performed in multiple original plays, drag shows, instructional videos and short films. shorb’s writing appears in many anthologies and blogs. Her experimental video, “task/in-progress,” appeared in multiple film festivals and art galleries and is winner of the 2007 AGLIFF “Best Texas My Gay Movie” prize.  She received the Austin Cultural Council Core Grant for her solo performance piece, Una Corda, set to premiere in 2010.

Friday, Feb. 19, 2010
12:00-1:30 pm
5710 S. Woodlawn
Lunch served

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Anida Yoeu Ali Thurs March 4, 2010 12-2pm at DePaul University

Click here to download the PDF flier: Women’s History Month Luncheon – Anida

Voicing Resistance: Women’s Spirituality, Activism, and Social Justice

Women’s History Month Luncheon
Thursday, March 4th / Noon – 2pm
DePaul University Student Center / Room 120
2250 N. Sheffield Chicago, IL 60614

Anida Yoeu Ali is an interdisciplinary artist of Cambodian Muslim heritage currently living in Chicago whose performance repertoire synthesizes poetry, movement, video, and installations into hybrid explorations of identity. Her performance, installation, and discussion “will present an arsenal of work and the stories/motivations/ideas behind them from my humble beginnings as a performance poet to my most recent works involving multimedia sitespecific installation.”

For additional information: The Women’s Center (773) 325-7558

Women’s History Month Luncheon and Women’s History Month Lecture are made possible by the generous contributions of our co-sponsors: The Office of the President, Office of Institutional Diversity, the Vincentian Endowment Fund, Asian American Studies, Catholic Studies Program, Center for Black Diaspora, Center for Latino Research, Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology, Cultural Center, Department of History, Department of Political Science, Department of Religious Studies, International Studies Program, Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Peace, Conflict Resolution, and Social Justice Program, University Ministry, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, additional co-sponsors pending.

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