APATure Festival Presented by Kearny Street Workshop

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About the Festival

What is APAture?
APAture is Kearny Street Workshop’s annual multidisciplinary arts festival that presents and promotes art by local up-and-coming artists of Asian and/or Pacific Islander descent. For fourteen seasons, the festival has sparked dialogue around contemporary social issues, especially those that affect Asian and/or Pacific Islander communities, and inspired collaboration between artists and community members toward social action.

Past artists that have been featured at the APAture Festival include: 

  • Hellen Jo (writer, Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe) - 2008
  • Hasan Minhaj (actor/comedian, The Daily Show) - 2007, 2008
  • Ali Wong (comedian) - 2007
  • Goh Nakamura (singer) - 2007
  • Jason Shiga (cartoonist) - 2000, 2002
  • Stuart Gaffney (marriage equality activist) - 2000, 2001
  • Barbara Jane Reyes (poet) - 2000
  • Gene Luen Yang (writer/artist, DC’s Super Man) - 1999
  • Kristina Wong (comedian, performance artist) - 1999

    When and where is the festival?
    APAture 2017 runs from September 30, 2017, to October 28, 2017, at various locations throughout San Francisco. Check out the full festival schedule here.


What is Kearny Street Workshop?
Kearny Street Workshop is non-profit organization dedicated to producing, presenting, and promoting art that empowers Asian and/or Pacific Islander communities. Since 1972, KSW has offered adult arts education programs and multidisciplinary arts presentations to local community members. Learn more about us at kearnystreet.org.

Is there a theme? What is it for this year?
This year, our theme is “Unravel.” Examining our stories, hxstories, narratives, beliefs-- what are the interconnected threads we wish to investigate and untangle? What is there to discover when we unravel?

Who’s jurying and curating APAture?

A group of volunteers serve as the general planning committee (GPC), to jury, curate, coordinate, and put on APAture each year. GPC members span a wide range of professions, and some of them are artists themselves.


Visual Arts Showcase feat.
Rea Lynn de Guzman,
co-presented by Arc Gallery & Studios

September 29th - October 28th
Opening Reception: Friday, September 29th, 6-10pm
Arc Gallery & Studios, 1246 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Bio: Rea Lynn de Guzman is an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, print media, and sculpture. Originally from Manila, Philippines, she immigrated to the United States as a teenager. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She teaches art at the San Francisco Center for the Book and Root Division. She lives and works in San Francisco.

Artist website: www.readeguzman.com
Social Media: Instagram: @rayuh_lynn / Facebook: Rea Lynn de Guzman
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Literary Arts Showcase 

feat. Vanessa Hua, co-presented by Lantern Review

Thursday, October 5th, 7 - 10pm
Arc Gallery & Studios 1246 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Bio: Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of DECEIT AND OTHER POSSIBILITIES, which received the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award, a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, and honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Asian American Journalists' Association, and Best of the West. Her novel, A RIVER OF STARS, is forthcoming (Ballantine, 2018).

Artist website: www.vanessahua.com
Social Media: @vanessa_hua / https://www.facebook.com/vanessahuawriter / https://www.instagram.com/mononoke97/
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Music Showcase 

feat. Kohinoorgasm, co-presented by Bindlestiff Studio and KollaborationSF

Saturday, October 7th, 7 - 10pm
F8, 1192 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Bio: Kohinoorgasm (one word: ko-hee-noor-gasm) is the experimental pop music project of Josephine Shetty. As a mixed race, queer, desi artist, she seeks to expand the dialogue around multidimensional identity-based experiences by visualizing and performing reflections on complex histories and emotions. She has performed at universities, museums, festivals, and DIY spaces across the United States. Josephine is from Los Angeles, CA, and now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Artist website: kohinoorgasm.bandcamp.com
Social Media: @kohinoorgasm on Instagram
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Film Showcase

feat. Cyrus Yoshi Tabar, co-presented by SFPL

Thursday, October 12th, 7 - 10pm
Z Space, 450 Florida St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Bio: Cyrus Yoshi Tabar is an award winning Iranian-Japanese-American filmmaker based in Oakland, California. His films explore what it means to be American through the intricate complexities of family history and ambiguous identities. Growing up at a dinner table where sushi and kebab met macaroni and cheeseburgers, Cyrus now uses cinema to investigate the diverse and dynamic intricacies of first-generation kaleidoscopic American culture.

Artist website: http://www.cyrustabar.com/
Social Media: Instagram/Twitter: @cyrustabar / Facebook: /cyrustabar

Book Arts Showcase 

feat. Innosanto Nagara, co-presented by SFPL

Sunday, October 15th, 1 - 4pm
Arc Gallery & Studios, 1246 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Bio: Originally from Jakarta, Indonesia, came to the US to study zoology. Instead became an activist designer, and founding member of Design Action Collective in Oakland. Now also wears the hat of children's book author/illustrator (A is for Activist, Counting on Community, My Night in the Planetarium (set in Indonesia), and The Wedding Portrait).

Artist website: http://aisforactivist.com and http://designaction.org
Social Media: www.facebook.com/innosanto / https://twitter.com/InnosantoNagara
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Performing Arts Showcase

feat. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, co-presented by Asian Art Museum

Saturday, October 21st, 2 - 5pm
Samsung Hall, Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Bio: Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is an artist of mixed Pakistani and Lebanese descent and spent most of his life in Karachi, Pakistan. His practice investigates complex identity politics formed by centuries of colonialism and exacerbated by contemporary international politics. In his performances he explores the politics of queerness, its intersections with Islam and how it exists in a constant liminal and non-aligned space. Bhutto has performed and shown work in the U.S, Colombia, Pakistan and Dubai.

Artist website: www.zulfikaralibhuttoart.com
Social Media: Instagram/Twitter: zulfikaralibhutto / Facebook: Zulfi Faluda

APAture Closing Reception - 

Artists, Panel, and Performances

Saturday, October 28th, 8 - 11pm
Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94109