Womxn, Omen, Wǒmén in Chinatown: Reimagining Symbols of Power and Access
"Womxn, Omen, Wǒmén in Chinatown: Reimagining Symbols of Power and Access" is a project that engages families and visitors with emerging female artists to explore the ways that cultural signifiers shape relationships to power and access. Working with the lead artist Laura Boles Faw who initiates the concept, three participating artists Bijun Liang, Shisi Huang and Vida Kuang will explore issues of gender and struggles for equity in the neighborhood and beyond while building connections with community members.
Their individual projects will activate the community through a variety of approaches including an interactive installation inspired by the Chinese wishing well, a movable chatting room sparking in-depth conversation, and multi-site audio portraits based on storytelling workshop. The works by the three participating artists will be presented at 41 Ross Alley, San Francisco.
The works by the three participating artists will be presented and unveiled in the event from 5pm to 8pm on Friday, May 4th, 2018 at 41 Ross Alley, San Francisco.
Community Challenge Grant, California Art Council, Wells Fargo Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission
Grants for the Arts, CCC Contemporaries
About the Lead Artist
Laura Boles Faw is an artist and educator living in San Francisco. Boles Faw is the lead artist within the proposed grant. Boles Faw’s work consists of investigations through sculptural objects, installations, curatorial projects, and collaborative ventures. She examines the ways we prop ourselves up in the world and borrows from art historical references in order to create new meanings and transformative fictions. Boles Faw received a BA in Art History from Sewanee and a MFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. Since 2012, she has been visiting faculty in the Sculpture Department at SFAI. She has also worked in various organizations that teach art to underserved youth in San Francisco including City Studio and Meridian Interns Program. In addition to her solo practice, she collaborates with LA-based artist Cathy Fairbanks through a discursive set of projects.
About the Participating Artists