Social Botany in San Francisco
Dates: September 16, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m – 4 p.m.; closed from Sun. to Tue.
Social Botany in San Francisco is artist Xu Tan’s unique art experiment that negotiates the relations between local communities and contemporary art. In Social Botany in San Francisco, artist Xu Tan uses the plant migration as a metaphor for immigration in the Bay Area. After his broader research in between November 2015 to March 2016, Xu Tan narrowed his selection to investigate Chinese Americans with three shared identities: community workers, social activists, and artists. Social Botany in San Francisco’s three research presentations(September 2016 - November 2016) curated by Ziying Duan focus on: urban planner and social movement documentarist Roy Chan; saxophonist and social activist Francis Wong; and comic artist, educator, and social activity organizer Kayan Cheung-Miaw. At 41 Ross, Xu Tan’s collaborative research with the arts-activists and curator culminates in presentations of videos, images, and documented conversations.
During the presentations, 41 Ross will also host workshops led by art-activists and Xu Tan, each focused on a relevant community issue and creating an openly-accessible research platform and interactive engagement with the general public.
Social Botany in San Francisco is artist Xu Tan’s second collaboration with Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco(CCC) after the successful pilot project San Francisco, Chinatown Keywords School (2013-2014) involving youth from Chinatown. As a bridge between the community and contemporary art, CCC connected international artist Xu Tan again, wherein over the course of a year developed his interest and exploration for Social Botany incorporating the local community and social movements to personal history, power structure, and cultural traditions.
Social Botany in San Francisco is organized by CCC, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and in partnership with the Chinatown Community Development Center.
For more information, contact Ziying Duan, [email protected]