Please join us for (De)Centered: An Exhibition of Filipino American Artists, co-curated by Isabel Manalo and Janna Añonuevo Langholz. The exhibition will also be the official book launch for the Fil/Am Artist Directory’s first publication.
(De)Centered includes artwork by 22 Filipino/a-American artists, who hail from across the United States. In their respective artworks, the artists show a connection to both the Philippines and the U.S. and their attempt to remain centered in both places. The work ranges from painting, drawing, and photography to installation and video.
Excuse Me, Can I See Your ID? ARTISTS: Cherisse Alcantara, Rea Lynn de Guzman, Dave Young Kim, Heyoung Kim, Kyong Ae Kim, Omid Mokri, Juan Santiago, Sanjay Vora, and Evan Yee
Which ID?(film screenings) Independent film screening curated by Jasmine Lee Ehrhardt FILMMAKERS: Maricar Camaya, Rose Chang, RJ Lozada, Studio Revolt, & Ben Wang
"The idea for this curated group show started with President Obama’s official declaration of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in May two years ago, and in honor of the designation, Vessel Gallery is dedicating two months for Excuse Me, Can I See Your ID? This show is an exploration of Asian American identity, in all of its complexities and nuances, through art and film."
Rea Lynn de Guzman is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores psychological and socio-political themes surrounding liminal identity, cultural assimilation, and the Filipino/a diaspora, tempered by her experience as a Filipina immigrant living in the United States. At the age of fourteen, she emigrated from the Philippines to the United States with her single mother, settling eventually in San Francisco. She lived in the Tenderloin—on Turk Street between Taylor and Jones—during most of her formative years (circa 2000-2005).
TL Dreams parallels the idea of the “American dream,” inspired by memories shared with the artist's fellow Filipino/a immigrant friends who lived in the Tenderloin neighborhood. It explores the difficult, yet exciting and hopeful journey of finding oneself entangled in a web of changes, cultural confusions, and obstacles while coming of age. This exhibition features two bodies of work representing nuanced perspectives on distinct periods in the artist's life. In her early work, de Guzman presents hyper-colored and playful scenes of an imagined world in a state of flux from a young woman’s perspective. Now, sixteen years later, the artist reflects on these shadowy memories in muted monochromatic works indicative of her challenging and often painful experience.