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Exinclusivity – Panel Discussion

Tuesday, November 12, 7pm

Location: Kala Gallery
2990 San Pablo, Berkeley, CA 94702

Join us for a panel discussion – Exinclusivity – Space of Inclusion on Tuesday, November 12 at 7pm. Meet the artist and project participants, and join the conversation to explore how our social, cultural and personal activities help people through difficult times and what action plans we can make to build an inclusive future/space for all.

Panelists: Sholeh Asgary, Shaghayegh Cyrous, Robin Gurung and Taro Hattori
Moderator: Amy Grace Lam, PhD.


Sholeh Asgary works with sound, image and object to create immersive multidisciplinary works, performances and workshops with a particular interest in liminal spaces experienced by the viewer. Utilizing the parameters of various media,  she resurfaces the viewer’s relationship to space, in order to address the way objects can create disambiguation and break down representation. Born in Iran, Asgary received her MFA from Mills College and BA from San Francisco State University. She is a current affiliate artist-in-residence at Headlands Center for the Arts. Recent exhibitions, performances and screenings include ARoS Art Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco, California, and Stanford University. Asgary is a recipient of the 2019 Kenneth Rainin Foundation Grant through Dance Elixir and a recipient of the 2014 Alternative Exposure Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation.

Shaghayegh Cyrous is an Iranian American artist and curator. Her works focus on the compression of time and space resulting from digital technologies, and how digital media play this critical role in the lives of exiles and immigrants. She is currently Programming Associate at Aggregate Space Gallery and a board member of Clarion Alley Mural Project. She was the researcher and production assistant of Jim Campbell for the Day For Night project at Salesforce Tower and a Youth Art Coordinator, Civic Engagement at YBCA in San Francisco. Cyrous studied Visual Art in the University of Science and Culture in Tehran and received MFA Social Practice at CCA. She has exhibited, performed and curated internationally at venues such as Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Saba Museum of Tehran, For Site Foundation, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Graffik Gallery and British Museum in London, Minnesota Street Project, SFMOMA, and  more.

Robin Gurung is an Executive Director at Asian Refugees United. Born in Bhutan, raised in a Bhutanese refugee camp in Nepal, Robin now lives in Oakland since 2012. He brings his 20 years of refugee experiences to his community organizing work and focuses on empowering refugee youths to become the change agents in their community. Robin co-founded a youth group called Bay Area Bhutanese Youths, BABY, (now “The Storytellers”) which brings together Bhutanese youths in Bay Area to tell stories of refugees and immigrants. Focus of “The Storytellers” is to bring awareness about displacement issues and what comes after displacement: identity crisis, search for home, (dis)connection to our ancestors/roots, and hope. Robin also helped co-found Camp for Emerging Leaders (also known as CAMP), an annual 5 day leadership training program for Bhutanese emerging community leaders, and also serves as the President of Bhutanese Community in California.

Amy Grace Lam, PhD is an energy psychologist and healer, writer-artist and community activist committed to supporting diverse
global communities for healing and transformation. Through her energy work, Amy creates experiences for individuals to bridge spiritual and physical realities into a magical conversation with each other. She loves working with individuals to connect to their inner wisdom, step into their leadership and confidently manifest their gifts to the world. Amy’s writing and art have been featured in literary and academic journals and Bay Area performance and artistic venues. She works with immigrant and refugee communities and organizations to vision and design transformative programs.

Taro Hattori is an installation artist and teaches at California College of the Arts, originally from Tokyo, Japan and currently lives in Richmond, CA. Taro has been showing his work nationally and internationally. He has been awarded residency from Art Omi, New York; Headlands Center for the Arts; Vermont Studio Center, Can Serrat, Barcelona; Millay Colony for the Arts, New York; McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte; Kuandu Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan; Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Taipei Artist Village and Kala Art Institute. He also has received grants or awards from the Zellerbach Foundation, California Humanities, California Arts Council, West Collection, Center for Cultural Innovation, The Nomura Cultural Foundation. His work has been represented by West Collection (Philadelphia), Black Square Gallery (Miami) and Peter Miller Gallery (Chicago).


Event Details

Date: November 12, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Kala Gallery
2990 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702