Opening reception Sat, Jan 12, 7-10pm, exhibition Jan 9 to Feb 9, 2019
The immigrant, immortal woman from the island of Themyscira, "Wonder Woman" embodies iconic feminine strength in the DC comic series. As an Amazonian-American fictional heroine, she blends into a foreign society to promote justice, peace, and truth. Correspondingly, many immigrant women artists of color evoke Wonder Woman-esque qualities in their contemporary artistic practices by addressing issues of immigration, misrepresentation, stereotypes, cultural conflict and feelings of acceptance or intolerance with an honest voice to fight for equality.
Whether autobiographical or not, Wander Woman exhibiting artists' works present complex characters and narratives highlighting transcendent experiences, often derived from their own personal perspectives. This exhibition features works by Bay Area, first-generation immigrant women of color, who vary in professional backgrounds from emerging to established and have immigrated to the US from different parts of the world. Inspired by shared-yet-dissimilar psychological experiences of immigration and assimilation to the Bay Area. Exhibiting artists present nuanced, intricate perspectives, and narratives that have developed beyond the initial concept of identity in their art practice.
Collectively, this exhibition explores complex identity politics such as diaspora, femininity, liminality, and power dynamics.
Wander Woman is a two month presentation that features a visual arts exhibition and a special evening of performance on Saturday, February 9th from 7-10pm.
Kristiana Chan with missTANGQ
Erika Gomez Henao
Baharak Khaleghi and
M.O.B. / Mail Order Brides