''Carm's Crew'' by Shizu Saldamando, gold leaf and oil on wood, 2009
Art Intersections

If Asian-Latino intersections frequently emerge in urban spaces, street art is often the lasting visual record of these connections-as well as a way of reimagining the shapes and boundaries of cultures and cities alike. The shows will be staged in downtown Silver Spring, MD, on an urban landscape fundamentally shaped by immigration and cultural diversity, we open up a new set of conversations about the place of art and the visual stories we tell together. The shows will feature work and curation by a range of celebrated artists exploring Asian-Latino intersections.

Curators Eric Nakamura, Shizu Saldamando, and Adriel Luis will project artwork onto the public surfaces of Veterans Plaza, telling the visual stories of Asian-Latino cultural connection as a DJ spins Asian-Latino fusion music. Two evenings of Street Culture & Art programming will feature "pop-up" galleries to transform public space from the utilitarian to the expressive. By way of projection, we map visual stories of Asian-Latino shared culture onto the canvas of our walls-not simply bringing art into public space but making public space into art.

The time and location is the same for both evenings on August 6 and 7, between 8-10pm. Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, Maryland, is metro accessible via the Red Line at the Silver Spring station. There will be different artists present and different artwork on display for both evenings.


Adriel Luis
Adriel Luis

[CURATOR] Adriel Luis is a Curator of Digital and Emerging Media at Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. His family's migration pattern is traced through China, Hong Kong, Mexico, and the United States.

Eric Nakamura
Eric Nakamura

[CURATOR] Eric Nakamura is Publisher and President of Giant Robot Magazine and Store.

Shizu Saldamando
Shizu Saldamando

[CURATOR] Born to parents of Japanese and Mexican descent, Shizu Saldamando resides in Los Angeles but grew up in San Francisco. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles, for her undergraduate work and received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. She has earned a residency from the Art Omi International Artist Colony and a Fellowship from the California Community Foundation. Her work playfully suggests that race, gender, and ethnicity are white noise to the scene at hand-audible yet not identifiable.

Favianna Rodriguez
Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez is a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer. In 2012 she was awarded the Emerging Leader Award by the Chicana Latina Foundation. She is the co-founder of CultureStrike and created the "Migration is Beautiful" butterfly image.

Mia Nakano
Mia Nakano

Mia Nakano is a photographer, videographer, editor, web-designer, teacher, consultant, printer, writer, and social change maker based out of Oakland, CA. Her work has been shown at the West Hollywood Library, UC Riverside, and the African American Cultural Center.

Steve Alfaro
Steve Alfaro

Steve Alfaro works for Voto Latino, and his work has garnered multiple awards and recognitions including a Webby recognition Award. Steve also continues to contribute as an independent artist; he displayed his work at the Manifest HOPE exhibit, and GOOD Magazine and the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy highlighted his work.

Studio Revolt
Studio Revolt

Studio Revolt is an independent artist run media lab that produces films, videos, installations and performance projects in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The media lab serves as a collaborative space for performance artist Anida Yoeu Ali and filmmaker Masahiro Sugano, with resident artist Kosal Khiev.

Monica Ramos
Monica Ramos

Monica Ramos has exhibited her work at 7 Dunham, Society of Illustrators, and RH Gallery. She was awarded a Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship and recognized in the 3 x 3 Illustration Annual, Student Show No. 10.

Fidencio Martinez
Fidencio Martinez

Fidencio Martinez is a mixed-media artist based in Memphis, Tennessee, who uses paint and cut paper to "examine the brown body, the battleground onto which events, perceptions and laws are formed." He is the recipient of the 2013 Jessie and Dolph Smith Emeritus Fellowship Award, and has displayed his work throughout the United States and Egypt.

Lalo Alcaraz
Lalo Alcaraz

Lalo Alcaraz is the creator of the first nationally syndicated, politically themed Latino daily comic strip, "La Cucaracha." His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Village Voice, the L.A. Times, Variety, Hispanic Magazine, Latina Magazine, Mexico's La Jornada, Germany's BUNTE, and many other publications. Alcaraz and his work have been featured on CNN, the CBS Evening News, ABC, NBC, Univision, Telemundo, PBS, Al-Jazeera TV, NPR, Air America Radio, and Spain's Radio Nacional de España.

Albert Reyes
Albert Reyes

Whether with beer, water, or saliva, Albert Reyes can make a sidewalk portrait that lasts only as long as the heat allows. He has exhibited his work at Fifty24SF Gallery, FFDG, and Synchronicity. He enjoys creating art in public spaces and hopes his art will influence people in a positive way.

Ana Serrano
Ana Serrano

Ana Serrano is a first-generation Mexican American born in Los Angeles, California. A current theme of her work is drug-trafficking and the branding and acceptance of the drug lord lifestyle. She has shown her work at MACLA, Vincent Price Art Museum, and Sarratt Gallery and was named an "Emerging Artist" by Step Inside Design Magazine.

Clement Hanami
Clement Hanami

Clement Hanami has exhibited his artwork at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Sony Pictures Studios, L.A. Artcore, Los Angeles Center of Photographic Studies, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. He is the recipient of a COLA grant, an annual award given by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.

kozyndan
kozyndan

kozyndan are husband-and-wife artists who work collaboratively to create highly detailed paintings and drawings for both illustration and fine art. They have shown at Narwhal Art Projects, Bold Hype Gallery, and Outré Gallery.

Audrey Chan
Audrey Chan

Audrey Chan is a Los Angeles-based artist, writer, and educator whose work addresses civic discourse, rhetoric, and the feminist construct of "the personal is political." She has shown her work at Ben Maltz Gallery, Elephant Art Space, and the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles. Chan was a visiting faculty at CalArts School of Art in 2012 and is currently a Project Specialist in the Education Department of the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Gary Garay
Gary Garay

Gary Garay is a first-generation U.S.-born Mexican whose work focuses on consumerism, media, and the mixing of cultures in Los Angeles. His work has been featured at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New Image Art Gallery, and Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery.

Sadie Barnette
Sadie Barnette

Sadie Barnette's work deals in the cultural currency of contemporary west-coast urbanism and is unconfined to any particular medium. She has shown her work at Ever Gold Gallery, Studio Museum in Harlem, and Self Help Graphics.

Arnoldo Vargas
Arnoldo Vargas

Arnoldo Vargas' work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, from Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago to Galeria Autonoma, UNAM, in Mexico City. A grantee of the Michael Jordan Foundation and a recipient of the Gelman Trust Scholarship for graduate studies, he is a native of Wilmington, California.

Pablo Cristi
Pablo Cristi

Awarded the Barclay Simpson Award in 2009, Pablo Cristi has exhibited his work at the Institute of Contemporary Art Sacramento, Campfire Gallery, and The Whitebox Studio. He is an educator and community organizer, teaching and leading youth in art and mural projects throughout the West Coast.

Ako Castuera
Ako Castuera

Ako Castuera was born at home in a commune to non-hippy parents. Her bony fingers are constantly busy with projects in mud, paint, and string. She has a great interest in the place stories take up in the mind, and has worked as a writer and storyboard artist on the television show "Adventure Time". Ako pursues the unseen by creating things that can be seen. The sculptures, paintings and objects she makes are physical points for trajectories of thought and exploration. Her home is in Los Angeles, California.