Monthly Archives: March 2010

Residency New Delhi 2010

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Attached is an application (editable pdf or word document) for a one month summer residency in New Delhi (artists can apply for June or July), that will be mentored by Paola Cabal and myself, to be held at Religare Artsi space in the center of Delhi. Please forward to anyone that you think might be a good candidate. Applications need to be received by the 2nd of April 2010 in New Delhi.
warm regards
Sumakshi Singh
Here is a brief description:
A one month cutting-edge, mentored residency for emerging and mid-career artists, in Connaught Place: the heart of New Delhi, in the 12,000 sq ft Religare arts.i gallery space, followed by a one month exhibition and catalogue publication. 12 – 16 artists will be chosen in total, with 6 – 8 artists working together in each month. Artists will be encouraged to push the boundaries of their practice – materially, educationally and conceptually, expanding their knowledge and consideration of artistic methodology – what all it can be, what all it can do and what are the several possible ways of doing it particular to their own practice.
This is a truly wonderful opportunity – it includes
From Religare arts.initiative
-Vegetarian Meals – lunch & dinner
-Substantial budget for materials and production
-One time travel expense to & from New Delhi (within India, international applicants will have to find funding for their travel)
-Field Trips
24 hours studio access
-Group exhibition at Religare arts.i gallery post residency period
-Catalogue publication
-Talks, presentations, studio visits, video screenings and introductions to curators, writers, gallerists and artists among other practitioners

Artists are being asked to donate 2 works to offset the costs of the residency. These will be exhibited widely, shown to collectors and be a part of the Religare Arts Trust fund. The application form has more details.
‘The WhyNot Place’ residency programme is a unique art residency organized by Religare arts.initiative, a New Delhi based arts organization. Held within the gallery spaces at Religare arts.i gallery, the first art hub of Religare arts.initiative, this residency brings together a select group of emerging and mid-career artists ranging across different media and sensibilities.  The residency is intended as a process studio that enables each artist to further their own conceptual and aesthetic sensibilities within a framework defined and orchestrated by a mentor. The program was launched in the summer of 2009.

The WhyNot Place Residency Application Form 2010

The WhyNot Place Residency Application Form 2010 doc

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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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Laura Kina: A Many Splendored Thing April 2-May 30, 2010

“Laura Kina: A Many-Splendored Thing”
A retrospective featuring over thirty selected paintings, drawings and textiles (1995-present) from her Refrigerator, Hapa Soap Opera, Loving, Aloha Dreams, and Devon Avenue Sampler series as wellas some early and new works on exhibit for the first time. Kina’s art collectively embraces “ikigai” or the Japanese belief of “a sense of life worth living” and reflects her “postcolonial pop aesthetic” as a multiracial Okinawan Jewish artist/educator/scholar living in a South Asian Indian neighborhood in Chicago.
April 2nd through May 30th
Gene Siskel Film Center Café Gallery
Opening reception, Friday, April 2nd from 6-8pm

STATEMENT: Laura Kina’s work focuses on the fluidity of cultural difference and the slipperiness of identity. Asian American history and mixed race representations are subjects that run through her work. She draws inspiration from popular culture, history, textile design, as well as historic and personal photographs. Critic Murtaza Vali has described her art as “a genre of Pop art with a distinctly postcolonial edge.”

Bio: Laura Kina is an artist, independent curator, and scholar whose research focuses on Asian American art and critical mixed race studies. She is an Associate Professor of Art, Media and Design, Vincent de Paul Professor, and Director of Asian American Studies at DePaul University. She is a 2009-2010 DePaul University Humanities Fellow. She earned her MFA from the school of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she studied under noted painters Kerry James Marshall and Phyllis Bramson, and she earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Born in Riverside, California and raised in Poulsbo, WA, the artist currently lives and works in Chicago, IL with her husband, Mitch, and their daughter, Midori, and her stepdaughter, Ariel. Her work has shown internationally is represented in Miami, FL by Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts.

Link to Laura Kina’s website.

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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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