Sophia Ma & Cecile Chong

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Artistic Discipline: Visual Arts
Category: Brooklyn Arts Fund
Grant Year: 2023
Location: Bushwick

"Gathering" is a group exhibition that features the work of forty-five artists of Asian descent, who gather hi/stories to connect with their community. As members of Asianish, an informal group for people of Asian descent working in the field of visual art, formed by Cecile Chong, Gabriel de Guzman, Sara Jimenez, and Maia Cruz Palileo in March 2018, the artists hold space for each other’s experiences as Asian Americans and as artists working in and out of the US. “Gathering” celebrates the work and these relationships between the artists, many of whom live and work in Brooklyn. The five interlocking themes in the show are AAPI familial narratives, homeland myths, domestic space as a unifier, healing through meditation, and fragmentation of images and data that inform identity and experience, especially addressing anti-Asian hate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Curated by Cecile Chong and Sophia Ma, the two-site exhibition takes place at Tiger Strikes Asteroid-NY (June 24 - July 30, 2023) and FiveMyles (July 9 - August 13, 2023).