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Longing for Attachment

ARTogether and Oakland Asian Cultural Center co-present “Longing for Attachment,” an exhibition curated by Bushra Gill featuring 30+ Bay Area 1st/2nd generation immigrant and refugee artists reflecting on the notion of attachments. 


As immigrants, refugees, and their descendants, we make choices on what to hold onto and what to let go of when moving to another country or culture. Being too attached to a place or way of being can make it hard to form connections to anything new. But our connection to a place is also related to our quality of life and well-being– it links us to neighborhoods and communities where we have lived.  Anyone who has migrated from another country or grown up in an immigrant family knows these attachments run deep and true, not needing to be present to have a prominent place in our hearts.  


We invite you to join us in reflection of our relationships to attachment, and to celebrate these Bay Area refugee, immigrant, and children of immigrant artists.


Opening Reception: June 20, 2024, 6 – 8 PM

Exhibition Dates: June 14 – July 27, 2024

Gallery Hours: Wednesdays through Saturdays, 12 PM – 5 PM 

Location: Oakland Asian Cultural Center

388 9th St, Ste 290, Oakland, CA


Bushra Gill is interested in finding order within the chaos of everyday life through art. She was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and emigrated to Houston, Texas, with her family as a small child. Drawn to art from a young age, she graduated from Pratt Institute in 1994, with a BFA in sculpture. She spent many years of working as a museum educator at various galleries and museums including The Museum of Modern Art, The Drawing Center and The Rotunda Gallery, while also working as a studio assistant to various artists including Maya Lin, Ursula von Rydingsvard and Maria Elena Gonzalez, as well as a career as a clothing designer and boutique owner in New York. In 2009, she moved to northern California with her family and returned to making art. In recent years, Gill has participated in many exhibitions in galleries across the United States.

Exhibiting Artists

Amanda Messina Gerodias

Anita Sulimanovic

Bushra Gill

Christina Xu



Eva Agus

Ezra Mara

Fernanda Martinez

Glish Group

Hargun Mahal Mann 

Jaide Lin


León Hernandez

Leyla Jamil Rzayeva

Linah Sofi

Lorraine Lawson

Mariel Paat

Martin Rodriguez Serrano

Michelle Lin

Narges Valibeigi

Ngân Vũ

Nhien Le

Peter Gee


Ria Sharma

Russel Arelis

Salma Arastu

Shooting Within

Tatiana Carvalho 

Ujjayini Sikha

Vreni Michelini Castillo 

YouBeen Kim

Yuting Wang

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