I’ve been seeing this dude’s work here and there and its dope! If you’re not already familiar with “Pardon My Hindi” aka Chiraag Bhakta. This cat is from Jersey, and his story of growing up in a hotel very much reminded my ok Kelly Yang’s MG book “Front Desk”. He is known for collaborating with hip hop duo Das Racist, animator Sanjay Patel, Basement Bhangra pioneer DJ Rekha, and jazz musician Vijay Iyer. He he’s a graphic designer, street artist (you’ve seen his stickers), and I’m trying to think of whats a cool way to describe what he does and I cant do it justice. But he has made exhbitis like #whitepeopledoingyoga which seriously and hilariously critiques the columbusing of an OG South Asian culture being appropriated by white folks and capitalism. He did this photo project about Indian families who own and run motels called “Arch Motel”, and he currently has a show up in NYC called “This Only” which I highly encourage you to check out. I can’t believe I missed his Bay shit , but I will be there at the next one. This dude is hella smart, witty, and on point when it comes to critiquing colonialism and assimilation. And I love how he’s a collector who shares some beautiful mixes of Asian and American culture. What it’s like to survive the madness that is the US. Nuff respect fellow artist and hip hop head!
Sources: Saada, Verve Mag, Mother Jones (what an article dude!)
Ok this year I’m doing artists. Did you catch the last one of Doug Chiang
Last year I did two pieces feat South Asians- My brother SETI-X and Raveena
You ever visited the Mission District and marveled at the murals? Me too, in fact I grew up on them while walking to my mom’s job at SF General Hospital. And one of the most brilliant pieces was painted on the “Women’s Building” painted by one of my mentors and biggest mural teachers (SFSU and life) Juana Alicia. In case you didn’t know, Juana and the whole crew along with HeyDay Books is making a book about the Maestra Piece which will include writing by activist Angela Davis. Please share this widely. They should be at 10K by the weekend if everyone throws down.
Who: Cece Carpio, Erin Yoshi, and Nisha K. Sembi (Trust Your Struggle Collective)
In honor of International Women’s Day, Studio Grand Oakland and Galeria de la Raza are pleased to bring Cece Carpio, Nisha K. Sembi, and Erin Yoshi, the women of the Trust Your Struggle Collective, together at Studio Grand for this show honoring the stories of women and their resilience. This exhibit specifically looks at the countries of origin of the three artists – Philippines, India, and Japan. Come out and celebrate at the Exhibit Opening :: When She Rises on Saturday, March 12, 8:00pm-11:00pm. DjLeydis DeCuba will help us bring the show in. So much love to Cece, Nisha, Erin, Ani Rivera, Melanie Cervantes, Galería De La Raza, Trust Your Struggle Collective, and the good folks over at the Akonadi Foundation for helping us make this happen. Together, We Rise!
This is a short video by the Sol Collective featuring interviews, work in progress for the show, and some footage from the opening night. The whole event was a blast and it was exciting to get the crew all back together for this rare event. The crew I’m talking about is “The Trust Your Struggle Collective formed in 2003.