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WALKING IN THE SUN
May 17 - May 19
Exhibition Dates: May 17th – May 19th, 2019
Gallery Hours: Friday – Sunday 12:00 – 6:00 PM or by appointment
Human Resources LA presents Walking in the Sun an exhibition that centers the experiences of Filipinx American artists and their shared experiences navigating the complexities of colorism in the Asian American Pacific islander (AAPI) communities.
Filipinx have distinct memories of being told that if they were to be in the sun for too long, their skin will darken and therefore be ugly. Darker skin in the Philippines is tightly associated with lower social class and undesirability. This viewpoint is informed by a larger issue in AAPI communities in which East Asian or light-skinned Asians are seen in both Asia and America, as superior in both social standing and media at large. The narratives and voices of darker skinned asians are silenced because of this perspective. Even with the Philippines indispensable role in United States history, their stories and communities still go unnoticed because of the deep seeded hold that colorism has in both AAPI communities and American society at large.
By centering the experience of brown Asian identity, and more specifically Filipinx American narratives, this exhibition hopes to act as a catalyst to encouraging Filipinx voices to step out of the shadows and into the sun.
The exhibition is curated by Jennelyn Tumalad and Robben Muñoz.
Work in the exhibition features a wide range of artistic exploration of the effects of colorism in the Filipinx American community: from its history and roots in Spanish and American colonization in the Philippines to dissecting racial slurs that are anchored in minimizing identities to just the color of someone’s skin. Throughout the exhibition, artwork plays a diverse range of roles in each artist’s own understanding of themselves and their proximity to whiteness. The exhibition features various media—from sculpture to site specific installation. The diversity of media mirrors the diversity of experiences of each of the 12 chosen artists. The artists featured are as follows:
Anna Liza de Leon Evangelista
Maryrose C. Mendoza
Walking in the Sun will also feature a multidisciplinary sound and dance performance collaboration by local artists Mark Golamco and Cirilo Domine.