I am excited to share a new project I have been working on with my friend Nori over the past month called Keeping Up with the Koreans. It is a multi-media project dedicated to growing knowledge on radical queer Korean experience. We are making content about arts and cultural events, history, and our own day-to-day experiences. It’s a project rooted in both our hearts and we hope you’ll follow us!
“Origami cranes hang overhead in loose playful rows along the right wall of the art studio. Standing beneath the canopy of their carefully folded wings, I felt welcomed to the exhibit currently on view there called When She Rises. Co-presented by Galería de la Raza and supported by the Akonadi Foundation’s Beloved Community Fund, the show features work from three artists: Cece Carpio, Erin Yoshi and Nisha Sembi. When She Rises is the latest show to go up at Studio Grand along Oakland’s Lake Merritt neighborhood that raises conversations about significant issues in our current social and political climate.”
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.