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ACES // Artists of Color Expo & Symposium 2021
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ACES is a BIPOC-centered and led art conference. Our vision is to establish a space for artists of color to celebrate and center ourselves. We are coming together with intentionality to value our work and see one another as resources, while focusing on the challenges and solutions we face as artists of color in the Pacific Northwest.
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Sunday, May 16 • 1:50pm - 2:10pm
Video Poetry Anthology

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STARSHINE
By Shin Yu Pai & David Ian Bickley

TIDAL
By Shin Yu Pai & David Ian Bickley

A Soldier Mistook My Muscles for Feathers
By J.A. Dela Cruz-Smith
Starring Antonius Bui
Costume Design by Robinick Fernandez

kur dele dele
By Rana San
Over 400 women a year are losing their lives to femicide in Turkey, slain too often by their own partners, brothers, fathers. Devastatingly, this is hardly a regional crisis. This visual prayer is a conjuring of power, a cutting of cords through repetition. A prayer for my sisters alive and unborn. A prayer for the families left to mourn. My maternal grandmother’s words pouring forth. The stop motion loop lasts 38 seconds, one centisecond to honor each victim whose death has been reported since 2008, including the 400 we’ll lose this year if trends hold true. In the end, only an afterimage remains, a lingering residue suspended in silence. kurdele: A ribbon, traditionally red, tied around a bride’s waist by a male member of her family on the wedding day, to be undone by her husband. Purity. Property.

letters to Pablo
By Rana San
An improvised visual letter written in alternating words, from one to another. This film is the first in a series of "letters to Pablo" and was made for the 2019 Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival in Seattle. The letter that gave form to the film was improvised, written in alternating words between me and my collaborator with no editing. The text emerged as an essentially meaningless exchange between fictional characters, thus ripe to be imbued with meaning.

letters to [and from] Pablo
By Rana San
Improvised visual letters breach sense, distance, and substance. This film is part of a series of "letters to Pablo" and was made for the 2020 Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival in Seattle. The letters that gave form to the film were improvised, written in alternating words between me and my collaborator with no editing. The text emerged as an essentially meaningless exchange between fictional characters, thus ripe to be imbued with meaning. The second letter is translated and voiced in Spanish by Barcelona-based Argentinian musician and artist Pablo Schvarzman, whose songs Citrus Máxima and Camellia Sinesis from the album "Seeds" form the soundtrack to the film.

49 Days
By Lia Coleman
They say that the soul wanders the earth for 49 days before crossing to the afterlife.
A grandmother's journey to the afterlife, and the effects that it has on her descendants on earth.

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J.A. Dela Cruz-Smith

J.A. Dela Cruz-Smith is a Chamoru-Filipino, queer poet living in Seattle. His family is from Dededo and Chalan Pago, Guahan. His poems have appeared in Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry, Indigenous Literatures from Micronesia (University of Hawai'i Press), Moss, among other publications... Read More →
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Lia Coleman

Lia is a Chinese-American artist and educator. Her work is characterized by themes of care, family, and play. She specializes in interactive installations, murals, and animation, especially when combined with technology.Last year at ACES 2020, she and her partner exhibited an interactive... Read More →
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Rana San

Rana San is an artist and curator whose creative practice melds dreamwork, written word, embodied movement, video poetry, and analog photography. She uses experimental modes of visual storytelling to examine intimacy and interdependence as spiritual tools for survival. In community... Read More →
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Shin Yu Pai

Shin Yu's Pai is the author of 10 books of poetry, including most recently Ensō (Entre Rios Books, 2020). From 2015 to 2017, she served as the fourth Poet Laureate of The City of Redmond where her public artwork is installed on the Redmond Connector Trail. For her writing and visual... Read More →


Sunday May 16, 2021 1:50pm - 2:10pm PDT
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