Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) is amplifying the voices of the Bay Area's emerging Asian Pacific American (APA) artists at APAture 2017: Unravel. This year marks APAture's 16th season, as well as KSW's 45th year anniversary, making it the oldest Asian Pacific American multi-disciplinary arts organization in the country. Over the course of four weekends between September 30th and October 28th, APAture's six showcases are providing a space for the community to experience the work of six featured artists, along with over 60 other local up-and-coming APA artists.
This year's theme, Unravel, examines our stories, hxstories, narratives, and beliefs, leading us to these questions: What are the interconnected threads we wish to investigate and untangle? What is there to discover when we unravel?
Throughout the four weekends, attendees have opportunities to immerse themselves in each showcase: Visual (Rea Lynn DeGuzman), Literary (Vanessa Hua, Deceit and Other Possibilities), Music (Kohinoorgasm), Film (Cyrus Tabar), Book Arts (Innosanto Nagara, A is for Activist), and Performance (Zulfikar Ali Bhutto). Unravel is designed to spark dialogue around contemporary social issues, especially those that affect the diverse array of APA populations, and inspire collaboration between artists and community members towards social action.
And for the first time in APAture history, KSW is honoring featured artists of the past with the APAture Focus Award. The five honorees- Ali Wong (Comedian | Baby Cobra), Hasan Minhaj (Actor/Comedian | The Daily Show), Kristina Wong (Comedian/Performance Artist | New York Times Off Color series), Michael Arcega (Visual Artist | Guggenheim Fellow) and the late, great Justin Chin (Poet | Gutted, 98 Wounds)-- were selected based on their unique contributions to amplifying the APA community's collective voice within American culture. Awards will be presented during APAture's Opening Reception on September 30th.