in collaboration with my friend and artistic daydream kyoko takenaka (aka jinjabrew), i performed a piece titled "yellow roses" at human resources los angeles for rooted love, a multidisciplinary evening full of visual and performance art, music and healing
movement | feeling
a collection of visual art pieces from the past year that I shot, edited, wrote and brought to life.
in collaboration with the incredible rikki wright, i layered pieces of a poem i wrote onto photographs she had taken to create a visual essay and bring the words to life. i later performed this poem at the upright citizens brigade on sunset in hollywood.
trying to give this word meaning through a series of visual art pieces that don't really mean anything.
all text and photography by me.
normalize / neutralize
asian american representation is more than splattering yellow on a historically white canvas. it's about recognizing the subdued hues, the nuance and the beauty that colors the apa identity. i made this in response to a growing wave of depictions of asian american characters as "just like everyone else!" -- while these are worthy and important, i wanted to stress that it's important to normalize apa repsentation and give these characters the same dignity, validation, and respect afforded our non-asian counterparts, but we should be wary of neutralizing what it means to be apa. we should preserve our differences and celebrate the unique gelatin film print that is our asianness.