Artist Panel discussion: Conversations that Move Beyond Fear
Asya Abdrahman is an Oakland and San Francisco based artist/curator, place-maker and installation artist who considers the intersection of cultural identity, human rights and the environment in her work. Of Somali, Eritrean, and Ethiopian heritages, she fled her East African homeland during a time of regional wars. Abdrahman’s work promotes cultural and ecological survival, advanced through her use of human, natural, found, and recycled resources.
In addition to exhibiting her art, Abdrahman is the founder of Sun Village Artisan Corner, POST11NINE, Pay It Forward (PIF) Gallery and SF Coffee Cruiser. She also produces and curates exhibitions at Pro Arts Gallery. Her work was featured at Museum of African Diaspora. She is currently a Village Artist resident at the Asian Arts Museum where she activates public space in San Francisco as a founding member for FAABI Life Art Group.
Jeanette Alanis was born in Berkeley, California and grew up throughout the colorful and diverse East Bay Area. She went to San Francisco State University where she received Bachelor of the Arts in Art History with a minor in Latino/a Studies. Her passion lies in both art and art history along with exploring identity, participating in social justice involving the Latino community.dismantling patriarchy and borders.
She curated her first show titled, “Tatiana Rivas: In My Dreams I Fly” at San Francisco’s The Red Victorian July 2017. She currently works at the GalerÍa de la Raza in San Francisco’s Mission District where she helps keep the gallery’s legacy alive as a space to display marginalized communities, of not only Latino, but also LGBTQ artists and artworks. As an advocate for marginalized people everywhere, she found herself as the POST11NINE’s curatorial assistant and lead curator for an upcoming 2019 exhibition at Root Division titled “Reflections On Exile”
#FeedTheMovement, located at the Alena Museum in Oakland, CA, is the exhibition of movement fragmentation and its consequences. Its feature installation is a live hunger strike performed by 400+1 Co-Founders, Kristina Brown and Njera Keith. The purpose of their strike, and of this exhibit, is to galvanize eight members of the African Diaspora to commit to 400+1’s L1 collective, the first step toward a Black unified front.
Alena Museum is nonprofit 501(c)3 creative space that houses multi-disciplinary arts and work studios to cultivate the cultural richness of the African Diaspora. In the African language of Tigrinya Alena translates to “we are here! Alena Museum declares that we are here by providing access for the African Diaspora to create original work and keep dedicated space for creative expression, in the face of the rapid displacement of these communities as a result of gentrification. We are empowering our community to be active players in this new economy in order to directly mitigate displacement and marginalization.