10 mins HD color 2024 English English subs
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.
CO-PRODUCER / DIRECTOR / WRITER / EDITOR Anita Chang
CAMERA Anita Chang, Tosh Tanaka
SOUND RECORDING / MIX Tosh Tanaka
CO-PRODUCER / FUNDER Manifest Differently
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
What We Never Forget For Peace Here Now was produced for the Manifest Differently 2024 exhibition at Minnesota Street Project, February 1-March 16, 2024.
Image: Victoria Canby, We grow our Own Medicine for Interdimensional and Intertribal healing, Clarion Alley, 2023
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 Artists reflect on a complex web of issues including: inaccurate and outdated perceptions of indigenous peoples; the impact of the U.S. government’s bureaucracy and policy decisions on indigenous communities in the Americas, Pacific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. (manifestdifferently.org)
Manifest Differently was jointly developed and curated by Kim Shuck and Megan Wilson, in direct response to this time of great social injustice, political turmoil, and post-pandemic instabilities. “I believe that the most important step towards peace and equity is listening to each other,” comments Shuck, “This is artwork that speaks to pain and hope.”
“As recognized in Argentina’s National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons in 1983, South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1996, and others that have followed, we must acknowledge and witness the impacts of our history before we can move forward and ensure that the same injustices are not repeated,” says Megan Wilson, adding, “Storytelling is a powerful tool to help provide deep witness, compassion, and inspiration to manifest differently.”
Manifest Differently is organized by Clarion Alley Mural Project, San Francisco.
Generous support for Manifest Differently is provided by the San Francisco Arts Commission, Creative Work Fund, Grants for the Arts, California Arts Council, Zellerbach Family Foundation, and CCA Center for Art and Public Life.
The exhibition is curated by poet/artist Kim Shuck and artist/writer Megan Wilson, with support from independent curator, Trisha Lagaso Goldberg.
This project is supported by California historian Barbara Berglund Sokolov and humanities advisors Mary Jean Robertson, Kyoko Sato, Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, Anita Chang, and David A. M. Goldberg.