June 15, 2022 - September 15, 2022
Working with the space in "real-time" through seasonal changes and festivities, Connie will play with the temporal affect of the community and its cultural practices. She envisions the programs in the form of communal art & culture making which includes but not limited to experimental video screening & community food pairing, living neighborhood art map, special Autumn Moom Festival collaboration, etc.
“At 41 Ross, I hope to learn how to become a more effective advocate for the Chinatown community — and to deepen my creative practice by facilitating aesthetically and conceptually rich engagements that can also support local residents in material ways. When I used to live in San Francisco, I lived on the edge of Chinatown for five of those years, and walked through the neighborhood almost every day. I'm excited to form deeper connections with a vital community and place that have reminded me of home and family, and which have helped to lay the foundation for diasporic AAPI communities on the local, state and national level.” - Connie Zheng
August 18th, August 25th, and September 1st
About Connie Zheng:
Connie Zheng is a Chinese-born artist, writer and filmmaker based out of xučyun / Oakland, California. Projects such as large-scale maps, speculative seed exchanges, seed-making workshops, and experimental films are strategies for navigating diasporic memory, the continued weight of history and the possibilities for collective imagining amidst ongoing and future ecological transformations. Her work pays particular attention to participatory scenarios and speculative fictions involving interactions between landscapes, humans and more-than-human worlds. Zheng has exhibited work nationally and internationally, through venues such as the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Asian Art Museum, Singapore Art Week, and the IMPAKT Festival in the Netherlands. She has received fellowships and residencies from the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Oak Spring Garden Foundation, and the Minnesota Street Project Foundation, among others, and was the inaugural recipient of the Joint Space Award. She recently published a chapter in the Routledge Companion to Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, and Climate Change, and her work is held in the collections of the Kadist Foundation and the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University. She graduated with BAs in Economics and English from Brown University, an MFA in Art Practice from the University of California — Berkeley, and is currently a PhD student in Visual Studies at the University of California — Santa Cruz.