“TAKE THIS HAMMER:” ACTION THROUGH ART + ART THROUGH ACTION AT THE YBCA

“The multi-media exhibition Take This Hammer: Art and Media Activism from the Bay Area on view at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) draws attention to the creative ways that people are demanding justice, shattering the image of a utopian Bay Area, and building a more equitable one. The title is a nod to the quoted KQED documentary, which followed Baldwin, a born and bred New Yorker, on his 1963 trip to San Francisco. Baldwin took the trip in an effort to expose the truths and realities of Black life in the supposedly liberal city of the American North. The film, which screens in YBCA’s main lobby as part of the exhibit, exposes experiences of violence and discrimination endemic to the social and political fabric of early 1960’s San Francisco. Baldwin spoke to Black residents who were under no delusion that San Francisco was a fair and progressive place. The film’s deconstruction of San Francisco carries through to the work of today’s artist activists, and the work shown throughout the exhibit.”

Read the full article on the Center for Asian American Media blog

Originally Published June 2016

Losing More Than Just a Bike

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I took this photo exactly one week ago. Mid-bike ride, on my way to meet a close friend across town, I felt the need to stop and capture the moment. I didn’t care if it was a great photograph or not. Oakland was just so warm and sunny and beautiful and riding my bike made me feel warm and sunny and beautiful. On that day, in that moment, I felt so purely good. If you’ve spoken with me at some level of depth in the past four years you’ve probably heard me talk about my deep love and respect for Oakland and for how much life and history its streets hold. In the past two years if we’ve spent time together you have probably seen or know about my bike, Giovanni. These two consistent pillars of my life are very linked.

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Google, Sisterhood, and International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. I’ve seen articles, comics, and personal expressions appreciating women popping up on my feed for many hours now. Even Google greeted me with recognition of the holiday. The home page doodle is transformed in to a minute and half long video with clips of women and girls of diverse generations and ethnicities, all speaking different languages, in different countries, expressing their dreams, goals, and aspirations. Watching it, I have to admit that I teared up a bit (or maybe more than a bit). Witnessing snippets of stories from women who are working, living, loving, taking up space and making noise all across the globe is pretty beautiful.

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