Please join Clarion Alley Mural Project for the opening of Manifest Differently at Minnesota Street Project
Saturday, February 3, 5:00-7:00pm
Minnesota Street Project
1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco, CA
Recognizing the context of this moment—from the ongoing genocide in Gaza to the attacks on American democracy—Manifest Differently reflects on, and talks back to the troubling history, legacy, and contemporary expressions of this nation’s white supremacist origins. Through literary, visual, and media arts storytelling, in conjunction with public programming, this project presents artists who are committed to manifesting a new future by challenging and interrogating American exceptionalism and considering the impacts of Manifest Destiny on their individual lives, and on the wellbeing of their communities.
Poets include: Aileen Cassinetto, Avotcja Jiltonilro, Clara Hsu, Dena Rod, E.K. Keith, Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, Genny Lim, Josiahluis Alderete, Kim Shuck, Lauren Ito, Linda Noel, Lourdes Figueroa, Mahnaz Badihian, Maw Shein Win, Mk Chavez, Stephen Meadows, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Tureeda Mikell, and Voulette Hatta.
Visual and Media Artists include: Adrian Arias, Afatasi The Artist, Amy Berk, Anita Chang, Artivate, Barbara Mumby-Huerta, Biko Eisen-Martin, Carolyn Castaño, Chris Gazaleh, Katayoun Bahrami, Kim Shuck, l. frank manriquez, Marcel Pardo Ariza, Megan Wilson, Rene Yung, Shaghayegh Cyrous, Shonna Alexander, Vaimoana Niumeitolu, and Victoria Canby.
Manifest Differently was jointly developed and curated by Kim Shuck and Megan Wilson, in direct response to this time of great social injustice, political turmoil, and post-pandemic instabilities. “I believe that the most important step towards peace and equity is listening to each other,” comments Shuck, “This is artwork that speaks to pain and hope.”
The project reflects on a complex web of issues including: inaccurate and outdated perceptions of indigenous peoples; the impact of the U.S. government’s bureaucracy and policy decisions on indigenous communities in the Americas, Pacific Islands, SWANA nations, and the Global South; post-colonial Latin America’s ecological crises, regional conflicts, narco-trafficking, and gender struggles; calls for reparations for slavery in the United States; and how local and global communities can move forward from positions of compassion, education, and organizing/action.
“As recognized in Argentina’s National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons in 1983, South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1996, and others that have followed, we must acknowledge and witness the impacts of our history before we can move forward and ensure that the same injustices are not repeated,” says Megan Wilson, adding, “Storytelling is a powerful tool to help provide deep witness, compassion, and inspiration to manifest differently.”
Manifest Differently is organized by Clarion Alley Mural Project, San Francisco.
Generous support for Manifest Differently is provided by the San Francisco Arts Commission, Creative Work Fund, Grants for the Arts, California Arts Council, Zellerbach Family Foundation, and CCA Center for Art and Public Life.
The exhibition is curated by poet/artist Kim Shuck and artist/writer Megan Wilson, with support from independent curator, Trisha Lagaso Goldberg.
This project is supported by California historian Barbara Berglund Sokolov and humanities advisors Mary Jean Robertson, Kyoko Sato, Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, Anita Chang, and David A. M. Goldberg.