Performing Visible Resilience

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May 31, 2018
Resilience Archives, Visibility Project, and Qcc present
Performing Visible Resilience
Humanist Hall, 7p – Reception/Exhibition; 7:30p – Performance
$5 – $20 sliding scale donations


Performing Visible Resilience is an immersive visual arts exhibition and performance showcase featuring the stories and works of LGBTQ Asian Pacific American artists.

Creating Queer Community Program

Mia Nakano

Phoro: Andria Lo

Mia Nakano is a visual media artist, digital strategist, and social change maker based out of Oakland, CA. She is the Co-Founding Executive Director of the Resilience Archives, Director of the Visibility Project, a national photography and oral history collection focused on the queer Asian Pacific American women and trans community, founder of Hyphen magazine, and board member of Banteay Srei. Nakano has contributed works to the De Young, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and numerous arts and social justice organizations throughout the country. Her book Visible Resilience was released in spring 2017. Nakano is living her dream of archiving histories and contributing work to the LGBTQ AAPI community.

Photo: Vincent Susa

Kat Evasco is a writer, stand up comedian, performance artist, and educator. Evasco is best known for her national touring autobiographical one-woman show, Mommy Queerest, co-written and directed by John Caldon. She has performed at venues including the Haha Cafe, San Jose Improv, the Purple Onion, Napa Valley Opera House, Logan Center for the Arts, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and FringeArts. Evasco’s current projects include the development of Prieto, a solo show written and performed by nationally acclaimed poet and undocumented activist, Yosimar Reyes, in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas.

Resilience Archives is dedicated to preserving the histories of the Bay Area LGBTQ Asian Pacific American community. Through a living online digital archive and online map, we connect individual stories to larger historical frameworks. Through our performance and artistic workshops, we tie present day experiences to narratives from the past, and provide a safe space for artistic and personal expression. Through this interdisciplinary work, we seek to ensure our contributions are accessible and documented.

Visibility Project is a national portrait and oral history collection focused on the queer Asian American women and trans community. We seek break down stereotypes through the powerful and accessible media of photography and video.

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