SUMMER 2020: THANK YOU, NO THANK YOU
This Deadline Expired: Friday, January 31, 2020
Summer 2020: Thank You, No Thank You
May 15 – August 14, 2020
Asian Arts Initiative and artist and Laos In The House Founder & Creative Director, Catzie Vilayphonh present “Thank You No Thank You”, a community-based exhibition.
2020 marks the 45th year anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, a significant date for the Southeast Asian diaspora of Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian refugees who fled their homelands from the conflicts. Resettled in America, they now call home the very country which helped destroy their own.
While past narratives about the War focus on American veterans, very little amplifies voices of over 2.5 million displaced Southeast Asians, many now Americans themselves. Despite naturalizing, many are still questioned about their loyalties and their right to be here. Some visiting their post-war motherlands return to America with mixed feelings about leaving in the first place. For others with green cards, their national security is threatened by deportation from ICE raids due to ever-changing administration policies and overburdened agencies that let them slip through the cracks.
For those refugees living here whose displacement is also the result of U.S. policies, America represents being “home” and “homeless.” “Thank You, No Thank You” is a statement reflecting the expectations of being a “good immigrant” and not “ungrateful refugee.”
We invite individual and collaborating artists to submit existing artwork, and/or propose the creation of new artwork that illustrates the struggles, negotiations and complexities in the identity/ies of being Southeast Asian American refugees of war.
Submissions are open to people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds who identify as Southeast Asian refugees of the Vietnam War, or who have familial connections to those communities at large. Artwork of all media will be considered. In addition to providing original artwork for the exhibition, selected artists may be asked to participate in a moderated discussion about their work, or other supplemental public programming.
Submissions will be reviewed by a panel consisting of Asian Arts Initiative staff and board, and selected submissions will be notified in February 2020.
All artists will be compensated according to a payment scale adapted from Working Artists for the Greater Economy.
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