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Artist Talk with Ting Ying Han and Ai Iwane

We’re returning to in-person artist talks in the Kala Gallery with Ting Ying Han and Ai Iwane on Saturday, September 17 at 2pm. Join us to learn about their creative process and project ideas!

Another artist talk is happening on Saturday, September24 at 2pm with Alisa Ochoa, Ron Moultrie Saunders, and Lena Wolff. There will be a screen printing activity as part of Lena’s project. Hope you can join us for this too!

These events are part of public programming for the exhibition Forever Was Never Till Now  featuring new works by 2021-2022 Kala Fellowship and Media Residency artists: Jamal Ademola, Esy Casey, Ting Ying Han, Ai Iwane, Alisa Ochoa, Mariana Ramos Ortiz, Ron Moultrie Saunders, Cherrie Yu, and Lena Wolff.

Mask wearing is required in the gallery.

Ting Ying Han’s work investigates cultural identities in evolving communities. With the  gentrification and a sharp rise in anti-Asian hate crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses in SF Chinatown were forced to close down. Using the  bilingual street signs from the area, Ting screen printed these signs with Chinese cooking sauces to commemorate the neighborhood’s cultural identity. Her work also reflects on her own experiences. Flowing Spaces retraces the floorplan of her childhood home in Taiwan. The gestural mark-making between each space of the floorplan represents her desire to connect, fear of conflict,  and hopes of a reunion with her family.

Ai Iwane presents Kipuka, a photography and video series. Kipuka is a Hawaiian term referring to an oasis of vegetation surrounded by lava flow, a place where the seeds of new life spread. Her work focuses on the Bon Dance song from Fukushima brought by Japanese immigrants to Hawaii, exploring a history of uprootedness and persistent links. Her photographs bring stories together through images of the evacuation zones in Fukushima or of the Issei cemeteries for first-generation immigrants now abandoned. Her B&W panoramic photographs were taken with a Kodak Cirkut, a large-format rotating camera often used by Japanese immigrants to capture family occasions and funerals in the 1930’s.  Ai received a travel grant from TRAVEL / kanzan.

Event Details

Date: September 17, 2022

Time: 2:00 pm–4:00 pm

Kala Gallery
2990 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702