Saturday, October 8 2016 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Pro Arts Gallery

Please join us for the opening reception of Songs for Women Living with War. The opening reception will feature a reading by M. Evelina Galang from her upcoming book LOLAS’ HOUSE: Survivors of Wartime Rape Camps and a performance, Choreographies of Disclosure, by Jadelynn Stahl with Lydia Greer.

Exhibiting ArtistsJohanna Poethig and VPA (Visual and Public Art Dept.) CSU Monterey Bay, Eliza Barrios, Binh Danh, Lola Remedios Felias, Kija Lucas, Hector Dionicio Mendoza, Angelica Muro, Anne Perez, Delfina Piretti, Jadelynn Stahl, and Jenifer Wofford

Curated by artist, Johanna Poethig, Songs for Women Living with War presents a “Living Memorial” and anti-war monument of an installation and series of public workshops, presentations, performances and discussions. This is the second iteration of “Songs for Women Living with War.” Three academic departments at Cal State Monterey Bay joined forces in Spring 2016 to create a series of public art installations, performances and discussions with the same theme.

Describing the reasoning behind the project, artist and curator Johanna Pethig says, “I picked this theme because there are so many public memorials that commemorate wars, victors – primarily men. Though women suffer so much in conflict, there are hardly any public sites that acknowledge this.” Sexual violence against women knows no time or place or nationality–it is a phenomenon endemic to our culture of war, patriarchy, and violence.

Songs of Women Living with War consists of three walls forming an open house structure, which incorporates elements from the traditional architecture and materials used to build Philippine’s nipa huts.  The central wall spells out Songs for Women Living With War.  The woven textile wall, based on banig or mat designs is draped with the words of war accounts collected from multiples sources. The third wall comes alive with the sound of voices, stories and songs, collected from Lolas (Filipino for Grandmother) and from past events that took place during the first iteration of “Songs with Women Living with War” at the Visual and Public Art Department, CSU, Monterey Bay in Spring 2016.

For more information, read Dr. Kathryn Poethig’s essay on the project here: Songs For Women Living With War.

Songs for Women Living with War is created in conjunction with the Visual and Public Art program at CSU, Monterey Bay. With special acknowledgment of VPA alumni John Elliott, Elgene Tumacder and Roxana Keland, and VPA faculty Angelica Muro, Dionicio Mendoza and Stephanie Johnson. Songs for Women Living with War at Pro Arts is made possible in part with funds by the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program, the Clorox Company Foundation, the W & F Hewlett Foundation,  the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the Fleishhacker Foundation.

M. Evelina Galang has worked as an advocate of surviving Filipina “Comfort Women” of WWII since 1998 and her book LOLAS’ HOUSE: Survivors of Wartime Rape Camps is forthcoming from Curbstone Press in September 2017. Galang directs the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Miami and is core faculty and board member of Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation (VONA). Galang will present from her book LOLA’s HOUSE.

Jadelynn Stahl with Lydia GreerChoreographies of Disclosure
Led by artist Jadelynn Stahl, Choreographies of Disclosure is a socially engaged collaboration between self-identified survivors of sexual assault and Bay Area performance artists. The project utilizes multidisciplinary performance to complicate existing social narratives surrounding the aftermath of sexual violence, how the traumatized body is perceived and how survivors’ experiences are interpreted.