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Exhibition Opening of “Immigration Emergency: In Defense & Defiance”
March 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
Immigration Emergency: In Defense & Defiance
Dates: March 9 – April 21, 2019
An exhibition of political graphics and photography in response to attacks on our immigrant communities
San Francisco Poster Syndicate, a poster artists collective based in San Francisco, will silkscreen prints live to celebrate the new OACC exhibition, Immigration Emergency: In Defense & Defiance.
A heightened wave of attacks on immigration has been sweeping through America’s immigrant communities over the past two years. The Trump Administration has continuously attempted to construct a wall of policies fed by false xenophobic hysteria that threatens to undermine the very fundamental nature of the United States as a nation of immigrants. Through street posters and photography of protest actions, Immigration Emergency: In Defense & Defiance seeks to educate, agitate, and create solidarity around a broad range of issues. More than 30 local artists produce powerful artworks in response to the Muslim Ban, DACA, proposed changes to the Public Charge Rule, Sanctuary Cities, ICE raids and detention, family separations, the fake border emergency and Trump’s wall, the 2020 Census, the revoking of Temporary Protected Status, and the rise of deportations of Southeast Asians. These artworks highlight urgent issues that demand a response and commitment from all who view this exhibit to focus greater attention and support towards local communities adversely impacted by these actions.
The posters in this exhibit feature a diverse cohort of artists ranging from seasoned veterans of political art including Kathy Aoki, Nancy Hom, Juan Fuentes, and Jos Sances, to newcomers cutting their teeth on their first political works. Photographers David Bacon and Francisco Dominguez lend an air of immediacy through their photography of struggles for justice on immigration issues.
Artists include Sarah Aineb, Scott Anderson, Kathy Aoki, Santiago Armengod, David Bacon, Zulfikar Bhutto, Sam Companatico, Jules Cowan, Raoul Deal, Francisco Dominguez, Terry Forman, Juan Fuentes, Ryan Harrison, Art Hazelwood, Nancy Hom, Lucia Ippolito, Frances Jetter, Mike Keum, Kate Laster, Jonathan Lopez, Marti McKee, Doug Minkler, Claude Moller, Rene Morrison, Nicholas Naughton, Mokhtar Paki, Patrick Piazza, Jesse Purcell, Calixto Robles, Carlos Rodriguez, Jhovany Rodriguez, Joanna Ruckman, Sara Samano, Jos Sances, San Francisco Poster Syndicate, Jusun Seo, Meredith Stern, Toru Sugita, Daniel Valencia, Xavier Viramontes, Michelle Williams, Imin Yeh
Co-presented by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and San Francisco Poster Syndicate. This exhibition is also supported by Akonadi Foundation.