Our Art Program on the Third and First floors of Strut is exhibiting a group show titled “Queer Asia: Identify [re] Defined and we want you to come help us celebrate!
We are proud to be exhibiting the work of several Queer Asian artists, from all over the bay area, all gathered and curated by Anand Vedawala!
This show will be on our first floor, and our thrid floor till mid August, and we want you to come join our party August 10th, 7pm, we will be providing light snacks, and drinks, free, all are welcome!
About the Exhibition
Identity can be cultural, personal, sexual, historical, or something we are still in search of. It can be something we are working towards reclaiming or something we are fully comfortable and confident in. Identity is something many QTPOC are always struggling to grasp and define for ourselves. This show is a space for queer and trans artists to find themselves, to affirm themselves, to redefine their narrative.
This exhibit is for queer and trans folks who identify as Asian, East Asian, South Asian, South East Asian, Middle Eastern, or Pacific Islander. The goal of the exhibit is to represent the greater Asian diaspora and the breadth of new talent that doesn’t get the space, attention and praise it deserves. QTPOC have long been statistics or forgotten names. It’s time to change that. Instead of letting others tell our stories, this time we we will speak, we will define ourselves. You will listen, you will appreciate our work, you will know our faces, you will carry our history, you will remember our names!
This is Asia. This is queer. These are our voices.
About the Curator
How do you represent the largest continent by size and population in one show? How could you possibly fit all these cultures and people, without acknowledging the history of conflicts and traumas inflicted on each other by these same countries and cultures? You provide space for artists to be themselves, to express themselves however they want, to speak their truths. A former civil engineer, Anand Vedawala is an educator for San Francisco Unified School District, an events organizer of queer South Asian events, and the executive director of San Francisco Zine Fest. Anand writes about cultural expectations, discrimination, racism, queerphobia, sexism and classism. He’s the author of several zines, including Hair, which won the 2018 Broken Pencil Zine Awards for Best Perzine and Best Zine Overall. His self-published book, 100 Years from Now Our Bones Will Be Different, with co-author and illustrator Lawrence McWilliams received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Anand is currently revising his children’s book draft, at least that’s what he keeps telling his agent.