Exhibition – Immigration Emergency: In Defense & Defiance, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, March 9-April 21, 2019

Posted on March 4, 2019 by Jonathan

March 9 – April 21, 2019
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th Street, Suite 290
Oakland, CA 94607

Reception: March 9, 4-6 pm
San Francisco Poster Syndicate will be screenprintng and giving away posters at the opening.
A heightened wave of attacks have 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 from widely diverse backgrounds.

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 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. Many of the artists are part of the San Francisco Poster Syndicate, an alliance of political poster makers who create and distribute their work in support of political actions. Photographers David Bacon, Francisco Dominguez and Daniel Valencia lend an air of immediacy through their photography of struggles for justice on immigration issues.
Artists include Sarah Aineb, Scott Anderson, Kathy Aoki, David Bacon, Zulfikar Bhutto, Sam Companatico, Jules Cowan, 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, Rene Morrison, Nicholas Naughton, Mokhtar Paki, Patrick Piazza, Calixto Robles, Carlos Rodriguez, Jhovany Rodriguez, Joanna Ruckman, Sara Samano, Jos Sances, San Francisco Poster Syndicate, Jusun Seo, Toru Sugita, Daniel Valencia, Xavier Viramontes, Michelle Williams, Imin Yeh
Immigration Emergency: In Defense & Defiance
An exhibition of political graphics and photography in response to attacks on our immigrant communities
Co-presented by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and San Francisco Poster Syndicate. This exhibition is also supported by Akonadi Foundation. Sponsored by Public Health Justice Collective
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