New work on exhibit @ Minnesota St. Project 2/1-3/16 – What We Never Forget For Peace Here Now

Manifest Differently artists continue to amaze and inspire me!

This year kicks off with my new short video What We Never Forget For Peace Here Now produced for the Manifest Differently 2024 exhibition at Minnesota Street Project, February 1-March 16, 2024.

What We Never Forget For Peace Here Now is a personal peace memorial produced in the United States, a country that does not have war memorials dedicated to peace. This video explores how we forget and how we remember memories of war. I think about who are my survivors and witnesses of war, and the deep impressions they’ve given me, becoming a part of me. Drawing inspiration from peace activists young and old, I ask viewers to join me in a practice of peace, here and now.

Special thanks to Katayoun Bahrami, Michiko Capalla, Ted Chang, Theresa Chang, Alan Christy, John Fitzgerald, Raimo Hirvonen, Trisha Lagaso Goldberg, Alexyss Mcclellan-Ufugusuku, Lori Pino, Kyoko Sato, Tosh Tanaka, The Okinawa Memories Initiative, Cameron Vanderscoff, Megan Wilson, Julie Ann Yuen

This exhibition features the work of 19 visual artists and 19 poets, all connected to California. Together they represent more than 14 Native American tribes (including Chukchansi/Miwok, Diné/Navajo, Powhatan Confederacy, Tongva-Ajachmem, Tsalagi/Cherokee, and Ohlone); American Descendants of Slavery; and those connected to Burma, China, Columbia, Hawai’i, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, the Jewish diaspora, Mexico, Palestine, Okinawa, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Taiwan, Tonga, and Western Europe.

Manifest Differently at M.S.P. is a rare opportunity to engage with intergenerational artists whose works underscore issues of place and history and embody resistance. Artists reflect on a complex web of issues including: inaccurate and outdated perceptions of indigenous peoples; the impact of the U.S. government’s bureaucracy and policy decisions on indigenous communities in the Americas, Pacific Islands, SWANA nations, and the Global South; post-colonial Latin America’s ecological crises, regional conflicts, narco-trafficking, and gender struggles; calls for reparations for slavery in the United States; and how local and global communities can move forward from positions of compassion, education, and organizing. (