kaya publishes books of the asian pacific diaspora

Friday, August 12, 2022

Please join us at the Samsung 837 Theater in New York for our upcoming event Intersections of Poetry, Art & Identity, featuring multimedia artist and Kaya author of book of the other Truong Tran, with Catalina Ouyang and Margaret Rhee. Together, they will take over this space, present their work on the epic three-story screen, and discuss their intersections as Asian American artists across genre and medium.

Friday August 12th | 6 – 8 pm ET | Samsung 837 Theater, 837 Washington St, New York, NY 10014 | In-Person | Free!

YouTube Event Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpyEKmiuync&feature=youtu.be

Truong Tran is a multimedia artist who believes that art, be it poetry, cooking, sculpting and even gardening, are his ways of thinking through the conscious of the times we live in. He is the author of six previous collections of poetry, The Book of Perceptions, Placing the Accents, Dust and Conscience, Within The Margins, Four Letter Words and 100 words (co-authored with Damon Potter.) He also authored the children’s book, Going Home Coming Home, and an artist monograph, I Meant To Say Please Pass the Sugar. His poems and books have been translated into Spanish, French and Dutch. He is the recipient of The Poetry Center Prize, The Fund For Poetry Grant, The California Arts Council Grant and numerous San Francisco Arts Commission Grants. Truong lives in San Francisco and currently teaches at Mills College, Oakland.

Catalina Ouyang engages object-making, interdisciplinary environments, and time-based projects to indicate counternarratives around representation and self-definition. Through expansion, fragmentation, and abstraction, their work proposes the body as a politicized landscape subject to partition. Working gnostically with materials ranging from hand-carved wood and stone to appropriated literature and historic artifacts, Ouyang also attends to critical reimaging of historical formation wherein monstrosity, animality, and toxicity act as ciphers for the psycho-affective alienation of the minor subject. Ouyang’s work has been the subject of solo and group presentations at SculptureCenter (NYC), the Aldrich Museum (Ridgefield, CT), Jeffrey Deitch Gallery (NYC and LA), Simon Lee Gallery (London), Asia Art Center (Taipei), and others. Ouyang received an MFA from Yale University and lives and works in New York City.

Margaret Rhee is a poet, scholar, and new media artist. Her debut poetry collection Love, Robot, has been named a 2017 Best Book of Poetry by Entropy Magazine and awarded a 2018 Elgin Award by the Science Fiction Poetry Association and the 2019 Best Book Award in Poetry by the Asian American Studies Association. Her installation The Kimchi Poetry Machine is exhibited at the Electronic Literature Collection Volume III. Currently, she is an assistant professor of “Writing Across Media” in the School of Media Studies at The New School.

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