ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Agrarianaa will be an exhibition inspired by the rich history of Asian American agricultural activities, related crafts and present-day community farming - and how it relates to cultural legacies, contemporary cultural knowledge, art practice, and community placemaking.
We are seeking artworks that relate to three key areas of interest:
1. Asian American Agricultural History
Asian American agricultural history and its influence on Immigration, settlements, the flow of agricultural goods and farming practices back to Asia and around the world, and the role of agricultural work in both exacerbating ethnic divisions and forming cross-cultural relationships and grassroots organizing (ex. Japanese-Mexican Labor Association (JMLA), one of America’s first multiracial labor unions, Filipino farm workers and the Delano Grape Strike).
2. Art Practices Rooted in Agriculture-Related Crafts
Artworks that include or are influenced by traditional craft methods that utilize agricultural products, including weaving, earthenware tools, culinary crafts, etc.
3. Contemporary Community and Family Farming
Art inspired by community and small family farms, how they contribute to a sense of community, preserve and maintain cultural history and memory, and promote individual and social well-being.
Michelle A. Lee (Eating Cultures, Shifting Movements: Art Inspired by Yuri Kochiyama)
Erina Alejo (Appendix, SoMapagmahal) and Diana Li (Apature 2017: Unravel, Appendix)
Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Artist, Educator, Writer, and cook with the People’s Kitchen Collective
Aileen Suzara, Land-based Educator, Eco-Advocate, and Cook
SOMArts Cultural Center, Main Gallery
May 2019 (exact dates tbd)