[SF] Artist Showcase: APAture: Autonomy
APAture: Focus on Emerging Asian Pacific American Artists – 50th year Celebration
Kearny Street Workshop’s 50th-year celebration continues with its annual multidisciplinary arts festival, APAture. This year’s theme is AUTONOMY, join us as we explore what it means for our communities to find autonomy in our art, in our practices, and in our lived experience. How do we ensure our autonomy in spaces that continue to limit, disrupt, and minimize our existence?
Midori is honored to have her work, Kimono 2: What We Wear (Reliquae) featured this year.
A mask and kimono, worn during her performance by the same title hang stretched on bamboo. A monitor loops the 24-minute performance. The kimono is painted white outside and gold inside.
The performance and installation address the layers of externally imposed expectations
of behavior, conflicting internal identities, and the performance of self. Beauty, belonging, American-ness, Japanese-ness, quiet or silenced, sexuality, cultural pride, and trauma, including the objectification and fetishization of the Asian femme bodies.
Towards the end of the performance, the audience is silently invited to paint the
faceless Asian woman white.
Autonomy stripped away as layers of paint, projections, violations, and objectification are
caked on. It’s suffocating. But is it? I claim and own my autonomy, governing the rules and
expectations of the performance and audience experience.
The viewer is positioned to feel enveloped by the hovering entity, yet the body herself is
Learn more about its previous incarnations:
Kimono2: What We Wear by MIdori
Visual Arts Exhibition
October 8 – 30, 2022
Wed & Thurs 1-6 PM
Saturdays 12-3 PM
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Visual Arts Showcase Opening Reception
October 8th, 2022
1:00 – 4:00pm
Join us as we kickoff the festival at Arc Gallery for the Visual Arts Showcase.
This event is Free and will be open to the public.
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Closing Reception & Artist Talk
October 30th, 2022
1:00 – 4:00pm
Arc Gallery & Studios
1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco