Shipyard artist Kay Kang‘s work is included in:
Rhythmix Cultural Works, in collaboration with curator Michelle Nye, present DIASPORA VOICED – A Bay Area Juried Art Exhibition. Jurors Demetri Broxton, Mayumi Hamanaka and Daniel Nevers selected eight artists of distinction and awarded a Best of Show to Azin Seraj for this group exhibition featuring 19 diverse Bay Area artists.
RECEPTION: Saturday, September 14th, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Rhythmix Cultural Works
2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda CA 94501
Alex da Silva
Najib Joe Hakim
Rupy C. Tut
and highlights from the 826 Valencia Tenderloin Podcast Project (with artpaul cartier)
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The Tate defines diaspora as “a term used to describe movements in population from one country to another and is often cited in discussions about identity.” The melting pot of the Bay Area offers opportunities for individuals and communities to cross, merge and hybridize. Each person constructs a unique identity much like a collage artist composes a cohesive whole out of varied and juxtaposed parts.
Touching on these themes, the selected artists energize the space with a range of personal and collective explorations, creating an exhibition mirroring the ways peoples migrate, settle and thrive: from reflections on ancestral traditions, to depictions of the journey of refugees, to abstracted memories of native landscapes and missed family members, to celebrations of personal freedoms.
The jurors awarded Best of Show to Azin Seraj for her compelling series, Foreign Exchange. Responding to “current American politics, including Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’, and the corresponding rise of racism, Islamophobia, and polarization,” Azin Seraj’s banknotes “honor activists/groups from countries based on their historical conflict with US national interest.” Seraj’s work exemplifies a powerful and pressing exploration of the themes of this exhibition, where conceptions of heritage, statehood, home and self form multifaceted and distinct truths in postcolonial globalized societies.
Image featured on this page: Kay Kang “Guest Missed” 48”x36”, mixed media 2019