Memories of Tomorrow's Sunrise
June 8, 2022 - July 15, 2022
Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery / Cal State, LA
Curated by Jason Jenn & Vojislav Radovanović with Dr. Mika Cho
Featuring works by Enrique Castrejon, Serena JV Elston, Anita Getzler, Jason Jenn, Ibuki Kuramochi, Marne Lucas, Trinh Mai, Hande Sever, Vojislav Radovanović, Marval A Rex, Kayla Tange, Nancy Kay Turner, & Jessica Wimbley.
Memories of Tomorrow’s Sunrise investigates concepts of legacy, personal relationships, family ancestry, cultural identity, and the historical struggles of being human that have moved us in profound ways. A multiform poetic narrative with emotional resonance is woven together based on the assembled artists’ experiences. The exhibition recognizes the role of ancestors, blood families, chosen families, and mentors alongside the traumas, tragedies, and teachings in making us who we are today. The artists create work in part as an effort to survive the challenges of the present moment and with the hope to leave a lasting, purposeful impression behind. Collectively, we are the ancestors of tomorrow’s sunrise and someday we shall all be but a memory.
The exhibition as a whole creates an immersive experience, featuring some site-specific installations, sculptures, photography, interactive artworks, performance art, video, and auditory works. Artists serve as archeologists of sorts, discovering and revealing interconnections and sentiments among the cultural sediments. The individual pieces are layered with personal and universal meaning, inviting viewers to engage in the conversation. Loss, pain, tragedy, and uncertainty are purposely and precariously balanced with concepts of transformation, resilience, hope, and declarations of personal power. Despite the overwhelming issues facing the continued coexistence of humanity and nature, the works of Memories of Tomorrow’s Sunrise examine elements of the past to illuminate possibilities for the future.
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