Memoir by my grandmother, Pei-Hsing Lin Wu. Book design (cover photo, design and layout) by me. What an honor to be able to support her on this amazing project, and to have a bit of her story written down with such amazing detail. Reading it has left me humbled and feeling a greater connection to my ancestors living and not. Available for purchase on Amazon.
I had the honor of spending a month as artist in residence at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, NC as part of their 2019 Philadelphia Exchange Fellowship.
My project, WELCOME, took the form of a mixed-media permanent installation incorporating a digital collage (inkjet print on vinyl); 85 x 54 inch mural and mosaic (mirror and assorted museum collection items); video; and short portrait photo series. The installation is a celebration and statement of queer visibility, inviting in community members to establish the museum as a place of queer gathering and becoming. By using bright, playful colors and fun textures, the project celebrates our collective abundance, power, and brilliance. By documenting and representing moments of vulnerability, playfulness and tenderness, the work rejects shame and upholds self-determination, self-love, and connection. Embedded objects from the collection honor the legacy of queers who have passed through and made an impact at Elsewhere. Stepping into the installation prompts viewers to reflect on how art institutions like Elsewhere can better answer the needs of QTPoC by providing paid residencies, allocating resources, and ensuring increasing influence within the museum.
Participants include Amelia Nura, Avery Rose, c. Michale, Cameron Brooks, Debbie the Artist, Ellen Farkas, Ero Rose, Faith Goodart, Janke, Jess Hoyle, Jon Pulse, Jonh Blanco, Josh Rath, Juju Holton, Leah Williams, Lex Costan, Meeka Davis-Dunning, Mindy Dunn, Ociele Hawkins, Parker Brookie, Riley Cox, Scratchy Reitterer, Shannel Arellano, Sosena Solomon, Thorne Myers, Yixuan Pan, and Zach Pfrimmer
Thank you to Jon Pulse, Avery Rose, Marie Alarcon and Gui Portel for additional support.
June 28 - July 26 2019
Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel University; 3401 Filbert Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
Opening Reception & Performances June 28 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Gallery Open Wed, Thurs, Fri - 12- 4pm; Saturday - 12-5pm
STONEWALL@ 50 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which took place June 28–30, 1969. The show gathers 50+ LGBTQ* Philadelphia area artists in the largest show of LGBTQ* art in Philadelphia history. The Stonewall Riots marked a pivotal moment in the struggle for queer liberation in the USA. STONEWALL @ 50 includes painting, drawing, photography, video, sculpture, fiber work, and installation, with performances by Wit López, Vitche-Boul Ra and a tableaux vivant by Jonas Dos Santos at the opening reception. Curated by David Acosta & Janus Ourma
Artists include: alkotó, Linda Lee Alter, Keenan Bennett, Marcus Branch, Keith Breitfeller, Uriah Bussey, Danny Cappello, Corliss Cavalieri, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Alden Cole, Ebony Malaika Collie, Vicente Ortiz Cortez, Daniel De Jesús, Brian David Dennis, Susan DiPronio, Jonas Dos Santos, Thom Duffy, Uta Fellechner, Aaron Feltman, Santiago Galeas, Rami George, Ralfka Gonzalez, Laureen Griffin, Catriona Gunn, Andrew Sedgwick Guth, Link Harper, H.D. Ivey, Michael Jicha, Willard Johnson, Aaron Kalinay, Tristan Kravitz, Malachi Lily, Wit López, Rob Lybeck, Virgil Marti, Amy Martin, Gabriel Martinez, Shareen Masoud-Jointe, Natalie Hope McDonald, Kara Mshinda, Warren Muller, Heather Raquel Phillips, Chanthaphone Rajavong, Devon Reiffer, Eddy Rhenals, Jordi Sabaté, Gerard Silva, Chad States, Brandon Straus, Noemi Charlotte Thieves, Julien Tomasello, Rochelle (Rockie) Toner, Vitche-Boul Ra, Eva Wǒ, Pedro Zagitt
FORTUNE is a Philadelphia-based publication project, assembled by and for queer Asian publics in the Year of the Pig 2019. Each of 12 monthly issues features multiple contributors, and is released by way of gathering. Please join us for the release of FORTUNE issue 4: TECHNOLOGIES at High Tide.
Here’s what’s on the table: a series of presentations, a lazy susan, a karaoke machine, a spread of FORTUNE’s past issues and collected ephemera, a QR-code resource guide, a rotation of snacks. This event will be livestreamed, and the show will be up at High Tide thru June 29. Stay tuned for additional FORTUNE x High Tide programming through the course of the show!
FORTUNE is an effort in spacemaking, both in print and in gathering. It feels important to us, as we produce an object that archives itself and documents work by a community collected sparingly in print — that we document its production, too. Let’s meet each other here, for critical play and work, among TECHNOLOGIES that move us. As we close out AAPI Heritage Month, we laugh and cry at ‘Asia’ as a site of technological dystopias, waste incineration, and exoticized antiquity in the western imaginary. As we continue in the Year of the Pig, we want to lean into our shared references, imagine our queer asian futures, and live them together.
[High Tide is accessible by several steps and one flight of stairs. There is a freight elevator which will be available for use if it is in working order. Please call 267-277-3363 on the day of the event for an update. The event itself will be livestreamed, and welcomes participation digitally and abroad.]
PRESENTATIONS by Erica ‘Quinha’ Mukai Faria, Eva Wŏ, Noemi Charlotte Thieves, & Pear Wear
KARAOKE by Joan Oh
HOT BITS is an annual traveling sex-positive film, performance, and visual arts festival taking place in Philly, Baltimore, Boston & beyond. Our goal is to celebrate and elevate alternative representations of sex and pleasure. We believe that erotic art, made by and for queer and marginalized people, uncovers the self-determination necessary for fully liberated connection and collective healing: bodily, creatively, and culturally. Our project is organized by and centers the work and sexual healing of QTBIPoC, sex workers, survivors of assault, trans and cis women/femmes, fat folks, disabled folks, freaks, aliens and witches. We curate a range of works from soft to hardcore and encourage first-time filmmakers and DIY projects.
♡ 2019 TOUR DATES ♡
ATLANTA | 5/11 @Murmur Gallery | rsvp
IDA TN | 6/6 @Idapalooza | info
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November 2-4 2018, 6-11pm
Ordo Templi Orientis OTO Temple, 1627 N 2nd St #206
Lifting the Veil is a 3-day interactive esoteric and occult arts festival based in Philadelphia. The term ‘Lifting the Veil’ refers to the Pagan tradition at the time when seasons transition into shorter days, longer nights, and colder times physically, spiritually, and mentally. Traditionally celebrated at Samhain (Halloween), this metaphor tells us that the veil between worlds is lifted, lines blurred, and what burrows beneath the surface of our conscious awareness flows a bit more freely.
Group show on view September 15 through December 8, 2018, free and open to the public Monday - Saturday 11am - 5pm at the Galleries at Moore, 1916 Race St. Philadelphia. Opening reception Thursday, September 20, 530-830p, closing reception Friday, December 7, 630-830p.
No Bad Whores, Just Bad Laws, (featuring Freshie Juice)
screening: Thursday, August 9th at 8-11p at the Rotunda | 4014 Walnut St. Philly 19104 | $free$
☞ music videos are undeniably essential and embody unlimited possibilities artistically, politically and culturally. do you remember when all MTV showed was music videos? we miss those days! they mark time periods and look into the future. they are ultimately meant to be consumable. and who doesn't love a snack?
☞ join us for a one-night event as we share the best of the best ~ from new to obscure to local talent ~ brought to you by your friendly neighborhood video geeks. we promise you'll be leaving with new inspiration to savor and music to add to your playlist
☜ curated by Eva Wǒ Khristina Acosta & Waqia Abdul-Kareem with contributions from Steph Yin, Cota & Heart Byrne and free popsicles from the lil pop shop
must be 18 years or older to attend
venues are fully accessible
Screening: Thursday, April 12th at 8pm at the Rotunda | 4014 Walnut St. Philly 19104 | $free$
When was the last time watching something gave you a sense of security and possibility and abundance and openings?
Each of these 7 films makes an intimate investigation into connection, relationship (with oneself and others), love and place. Through DIY, intentional, and care-based filmmaking, witness uniquely honest and moving documentation and storytelling. From fantasy to experimental documentary, this series will make you feel nourished and maybe just a little softer somewhere inside.
The screening will include a brief Q&A with local filmmakers. This free event is guest curated by Eva Wǒas part of the Rotunda's Secret Cinema Series. RSVP on Facebook.
My Sister Swallowed the Zoo
Maya Yu Zhang (Philly 2015)
My Sister Swallowed the Zoo investigates an ordinary phone call between a mother and a daughter. The film explores hope and disappointment, adoption and replacement, freedom, and captivity. 11 minutes.
No Promised Land
BARETEETH & Aiden Un (Philly/Jamaica 2016)
In a Philadelphia outside of time, an intergenerational group collects their tactics for liberation in this somatic and experimental documentary. 20 minutes.
Grounded While Walls Fall
Zein Nakhoda (Philly 2017)
A post-revolutionary archivist recalls practices of resilience and spiritual grounding among their ancestor organizers, cultural workers, and movement builders. Grounded While Walls Fall profiles practices of resilience and spiritual grounding among organizers, cultural workers, and movement builders in Greater Philadelphia. Documentary portraits orbit a central question, “What practices keep you grounded in your work for social change?” to explore spirituality, care of self and community, and inner power at the grassroots. Told from the perspective of a post-revolutionary archivist, the film imagines these practices as seeds of profound transformation planted in a time of transition.
Squirrel Hill Falls
Hilary Brashear (Philly 2018)
Squirrel Hill Falls is a short docu-fiction film about an abandoned park with an identity crisis. It's one part neighborhood history, two parts magic and a dash of a pink haired local who likes to investigate. This film is still a work in progress and question cards will be handed out before the screening. Your feedback is optional but appreciated! 15 minutes
Lucid Noon Sunset Blush
Alli Logout (New Orleans 2015)
17-year-old bb gay Micha has just moved into The Palace - a basement full of queer femme Dominatrix, lovers and misfits. They are beautiful, carefree and as young as the night. This film contains strong language and sexual content. 34 minutes.
Army of Love
Alexa Karolinski & Ingo Niermann (Berlin 2016)
Romantic love is saturated with commoditization. The socialistic premise behind “free love” crumbles when desiring competition gets in the way, and in the age of hook-up apps, the possibility of free sex represents the liberalization, not the liberation, of love. Alexa Karolinski and Ingo Niermann engage these issues with Army of Love (2016), a video campaign introducing a propositional regiment of soldiers diverse in age and appearance and tasked with solving the persistent social malaise of dire loneliness. The docu-fictional video is in part a utopian proposal framed by conversations questioning the basic premises of love and justice. This film contains nudity. 40 minutes.
Who Will Fuck Daddy?
Lasse Långström (Sweden 2017)
A dive deep into the collective subconscious where the man's stinking corpse decomposes into nourishing soil from which we are born again, and rise to the surface with a new feminine way of thinking / feeling and unexpected perversions. This film contains explicit imagery and sexual content - not recommended for children. 60 minutes.
Dreams of You: Soft Touches and Fiber Futures
March 9 - April 27
Opening reception with refreshments: March 9, 6-8pm
In this ethereal and bold collaboration, Philadelphia-based multimedia artists Wit López and Eva Wǒ create a collective dreamscape of radically soft futuristic freak and fetish fashion for queers. We invite the audience to explore the sights, sounds, and textures through portrait photography and touchable, costuming and props.
costumes and styling by Wit López & Eva Wǒ (with skirt by Anne Wu)
digital collage by Eva Wǒ
modeled by Icon Ebony Fierce, Sonalee Rashatwar, faery dreams, Wit López and Eva Wǒ
photography by Kenzi Crash
William Way LGBTQ Community Center, located at 1315 Spruce St, Philadelphia
Exhibition is free and open to the public
William Way is a wheelchair accessible space
RSVP on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/148650159086210/
My dear friend and collaborator Ociele Hawkins is a talented writer and creator who recently published her first poetry anthology titled From the Dust We Rose, written in response to the horrific and ongoing non-indictments of the murderers of Black people. Her words are powerful and a much needed medicine of hope, and a simultaneous expression of pain with a hopeful belief in a future of possibilities for change and adaption. Her work consistently shatters assumptions while building power for her people.
Come for a reading at the Wooden Shoe Saturday March 10th from 7-8:30pm (Facebook event here)!
Show dates: Jan 14 - March 5 2018
Opening Program: January 17 @7p
Brodsky Gallery Hours:
MTWTh: 10 AM – 11 PM
F: 10 AM – 5 PM
S: noon – 5 PM
S: 6 PM – 11 PM
A/PUBLIC : a group show of femme / queer Asian artists, is a convening of artists of a particular community, not only calling upon shared identity, but also assembling toward differential cultural learning and political processing; same cities, component archives. Here, at the Kelly Writers House, we mark a space and time to call for our audience, share our practice, test our designations, and navigate what onward looks like to us. Up for discussion, by and for us: How to bear illegible and erasable archives into a future? How to tease the topos of diaspora into local entity? How to make together for each other?
A/PUBLIC, on show through the beginning of March, will feature painting, prints, and videowork from 15 Philadelphia/New York artists. Also available for critical browsing: a temporary library of the artists’ collected books & ephemera, and a print object of texts from local artists, writers, and kin. This public program — featuring a lecture by JOAN OH, a reading by OKI SOGUMI, a video screening by EVA WǑ, and a performance by MAYA YU ZHANG — will open with a reception at 7PM.
**ARTISTS ON SHOW**
Soumya Dhulekar, Quinha Faria, Charlotte Greene, Adrienne Hall, Cole Lu, LuLu Meng, Marria Nakhoda, Joan Oh, Andrienne Palchick, Provisional Island, Cecilia Salama, Monika Uchiyama, Alina Wang, Eva Wǒ, and Maya Yu Zhang.
This group show and program are co-curated by Adrienne Hall, Monika Uchiyama, and Connie Yu.
event page: www.facebook.com/events/202010040348947/
my favorite experience being photographed yet was this intimate set made with my sweetie.
uncensored film photos by Mook featured in a 7 page spread in Peachfuzz Magazine Vol 5 Issue 1, available for purchase here: www.peachfuzzmag.com/product-page/peach-fuzz-vol-5-iss-1
I was commissioned for a 2nd time by Trash Academy to teach art and collaborate with 8 youth on two summer projects: designing wraps to be installed on ‘Big Belly’ trash compactors, and to create short educational videos exploring waste management in the city.
For the first two weeks I taught color theory, best practices for creative drawing, painting and collaging; and worked closely with students to design their own images. My students decided what was missing from city streets was bright colors and nature, so they chose animals as a theme and named the project Dirty Danger. My role was to guide the process, keep the students’ work cohesive as a whole, and to move them through the numerous Mural Arts design reviews. My final role was to carefully recreated each painting as a digital drawing ready for high resolution printing at 152 x 50 inches. These designs can be found on 50 trash compactors on the Broad Street and 52nd Street economic corridors in South and West Philly, respectfully.
For the final 4 weeks of the summer program I taught an introductory filmmaking course which would answer two main questions: What happens when I recycle something? and What happens when I throw something away? The curriculum was developed by filmmaker Hilary Brashear (as the editor), program coordinator Ciara Williams (as the producer), and myself (as the teaching artist). We caught footage at during field trips, conducted professional interviews, and developed art/poetry/graphics. Below are some of the final products:
40th St. AIR (Artist-In-Residence), locally known as AIR Space, is a residency program for emerging West Philly artists which provides a free studio, a shared gallery space, stipend and related opportunities to around 6 artists each year for a full year. In return for the resource, artists are required to put at least 40 hours toward a community project during their time in the studios. The application is usually posted in April and due in late May.
During my 2016-2017 residency I used my studio to do photo and video shoots, prepare for shows, and meet with friends. I also got more familiar with the work of the other studio artists, particularly Wit López, Andra Palchick, and Juliannah Francina Harrison. It took around 6 month to prepare for my first-ever solo show at the AIR Gallery with photos, videos, gifs, and 3D collage shrines. I wanted to show so much work I almost ran out of space in the small gallery! The opening was featured in Philadelphia Magazine under 12 Things to Do This Week in Lit, Comedy, Art, Theater, Movies and Murder and 37 Things to Do This Weekend.
For my community project, I provided free headshots to over 50 people - medical students, actors, entrepreneurs, promotors, clothing designers, etc. My post on the 40th St. AIR facebook page ended up going viral and I had to turn some people down because of the huge influx of requests I got.
Here are some of the headshots I took in my studio:
Group Show March 2017 / A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave. Philadelphia
All selfies and statements viewable online @ SELFIES4SURVIVAL.TUBMLR.COM
SELFIES for SURVIVAL / SELFIES for HEALING / SELFIES for DOCUMENTATION / SELFIES for BEING SEEN / SELFIES for SADNESS / SELFIES for HELP / SELFIES for JOY / SELFIES for NOTHING / SELFIES for EVERYTHING
Selfies for Survival is a photo & text exhibition celebrating selfies and their role in our journeys toward healing, self-love and surviving oppression. Over 350 selfies were submitted from around 130 people located from Philadelphia to the West Coast, Europe and South America. The project is curated by Eva Wo with support from A-Space Anarchist Community Center, Tim Dunn, and Juliannah Francina.
Contributers include: Addie Ansell, Adrienne Marie Brown, Alexis Creighton, Allie Richards, Allison Tsang/@sexmysteez, Amy Breesman, Ana Jimenez, Andra Palchick, Andrea Jácome, Angel Ka, Ankana/@ankh_ko_na, Anne Wu, Arazel Thalez, Ashley Catharine Smith/@cryingselfies, Ashley Comer, @bbqt, Beki Horner, Billie Rain, Brian Bazemore, Brigham Markovich, Brisa Marie Smith Flores, Cakes, Celeste Marie Welch, Charline Bataille, Claire DeSalme, Cleo Lopez, Coda Wei, Corey Valuk, Crystal Boson, Dani Peters, Daniela Gonzalez, David Amado, Deborah Donelson, Delilah Miske, Derek Lin, Dess Sharp, Djoi Nije Za Svakoga, Ella Mendoza, Emma Zigman, Estefania Gomez, Evan Murphy/@Evanmurphystudio, FanFan Ren, Fannie Sosa, Frankie Frett, Gary Duehr, Geraldine Lavin, Gina Kathleen, @grrrlmonster, Hannah Elhard, Hema Surendranathan, Hengameh Yaghoobifarah, Heart Byrn, Irene Soulos, J.A. Harris, JB Brager, @jdkayy, Jenna Pup, Jeremy Lauder, Jeremy Lin, Jessie Lyle, @a_steady_diet_of_donuts, Kai Yohman, Kalen Mclean, Keishi Yamada, Kenzi Crash, Kevin Hogan, Knox Rath, Kristine Keen, L. Hetzel, Latoya Tuffs, Laura Weiner, Lavanya Nott, Leyla Yenirce, Lexie-Rose Keck, Lin Pang, Lindsey Anderson, Luci Rising, M. Neonyellow, Maddy Court, Madison Rich, Manuel Bee, Marie Lin, Mars Love, Mia Rapine, Mikaela Hawk, Miyuki Baker, Mook, N Wong, Nadir Cardenas Aza, Nebraska Mozell, Nicole Rodrigues, Noel'le Longhaul, Ociele Hawkins, Pat Reynolds, Patrick Burgoyne, Pep Marie, PJ, Quinha Boomtho, R. Cutlass Mashramani, Rebecca Neubardt, Robin Markle, Rose Arellano/@muxerdiosa, Sabrina Pantal, Sam Sharp, Saoirse Parzanese, Sarah Celona, Sarah Goffney, Shayna Janelle, Siwaraya Rochanahusdin, Sonja Rasd, Stephanie de la Rua/@stephaniedelarua, Stephanie Tedeschiemail@example.com, Stephanie Valerio, Stephen S, Stuart Lehrman, Sunny Ali, Susan Spangenberg, T Marasse, Tabitha Skervin, Tala Yazdi, Teal Davis, Tena Deen, TJ Burk, Tristan Morton, Tyneisha Bowens, Whitney Sparks, & Wo Chan