April 18 – May 12, 2022 New Exhibition at PLACE

by Lynn Moyers on April 7, 2022

PLACE is hosting “I Am An American” exhibition by Immigrant Stories. The exhibition features 6 Asian American women whose experiences reflect the different facets of Asian American identities. Their stories correspond with a history of xenophobic policies that resulted in the discrimination and erasure of many Asian Americans.

Multimodal Art Exhibition April 18–May 20, 2022

PLACE, 735 NW 18th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

Immigrant Story Art Exhibition Showcases the Wide Range of Asian American Experiences in Oregon

The Immigrant Story, in collaboration with Portland photographer Jim Lommasson and conceptual artist Roberta Wong, will present a powerful new exhibition, “I Am an American: Stories of Exclusion and Belonging.” The exhibition includes photographs, collected objects, and narratives from Asian Americans. The featured art speaks to the resilience of Asian Americans in the face of exclusion and hatred as well as the many dimensions of Asian American identity.

The exhibition runs from April 18–May 20, 2022 at PLACE, 735 NW 18th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209. It will be open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Schedule time by appointment at place@place.la.

The display focuses on six Asian American women whose experiences reflect the different facets of Asian American identities. Their stories correspond with a history of xenophobic policies that resulted in the discrimination and erasure of many Asian Americans.

“ ‘I Am An American’ attempts to shed light on the racism that is woven into the fabric of America,” said exhibition photographer Jim Lommasson. “I believe that finally America is beginning to wake up and take anti-Asian discrimination seriously.”

The collection is part of a broader campaign, Oregon Rises Above Hate (ORAH), that seeks to amplify the narratives of Asian Americans in Oregon in order to draw attention to the rise in hate aimed at Asian American in America. This exhibition marks the start of events leading up to an ORAH rally on May 14. The title, “I Am An American,” was intentionally chosen to bring attention to the 80 years since the federal government confiscated property and sent more than 100,000 Japanese Americans to internment camps in the early days of World War II. That same phrase, “I Am an American,” became a rallying cry for all Asian Americans.

“Today in the United States,” said Sankar Raman, founder and the current board president of The Immigrant Story, “persons of Asian descent are still trying to combat xenophobia, hateful rhetoric and the resulting violence, despite being Americans for multiple generations.”

“I Am An American: Stories of Exclusion and Belonging” ultimately recognizes that while xenophobia and anti-Asian violence have been defining parts of the Asian American experience, they need not determine its future. This immersive exhibition is free to the public and should not be missed.

Images for the story can be downloaded from here.

About The Immigrant Story:

An award-winning nonprofit organization, The Immigrant Story documents and archives the voices and stories of immigrants in short, visual, written and podcast formats. The organization’s vision is to provide curated and relevant content to enhance empathy and create an inclusive community. The goal is both to advance the national dialogue and to dispel myths about new Americans through strong, thoughtful, narratives.

Learn more at www.TheImmigrantStory.org

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