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ON BECOMING: Open Call for Artists




All this time I told myself we were born from war—but I was wrong, Ma. We were born from beauty. Let no one mistake us for the fruit of violence—but that violence, having passed through the fruit, failed to spoil it.” Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Proud Asian Women+ is honored to present “On Becoming” a multidisciplinary group show exploring the radical acts of simply being seen and becoming free.

A longstanding history of xenophobia in America has kept the voices of Americans from the Asian and Pacific Islander diaspora pushed to the margins. Racist tropes and narrow representation have shaped the American consciousness and the psyches of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) women. The hateful and scapegoating rhetoric of the past four years under the Trump administration stoked a 150% increase in hate crimes against Asian-Americans, which led up to the racially motivated mass murder of six Asian women by a white supremacist on March 16, 2021. AAPI women have one of the highest depression and suicide rates of all racial ethnic groups in the US and yet are 3x less likey to seek help than white Americans. Despite this lack of representation, Americans from the Asian and Pacific Islander diaspora have continued to break through harmful stereotypes and defy old assumptions of agency.

On Becoming ” is a 4-week exhibition coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Month, Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and LGBTQ Pride Month. We asked artists to examine our occupation of liminal spaces, in which we are invisibilized or subject to the white gaze or male gaze, and what it means to become free – mentally, physically, and spiritually. The show challenges viewers to see us in all of our complexity and stand in solidarity with us until we all get free…together..

Proud Asian Women+ is a community-based collective that supports Asian-American creative expression as forms of radical healing, advocacy, and joy.

Open to all artists and creators of AAPI heritage based in LA.

All visual media accepted. Performance pieces and sculptural works are accepted.

Artist Statement:
– Name, pronouns, and heritage
– In what ways are you finding your voice and learning to become free?
– How do these works explore the themes of belonging and authenticity?
– Link to works online, CV or social handles

To Submit:
Submit up to five pieces . Please include title, medium, dimensions, and pricing.
Email hi-res jpeg attachments and artist statement to curator, Jeanne Heo, at j.ann.heo@gmail.com. Subject line: “On Becoming” Show Submission


Important Dates:
Entry deadline: Saturday, April 24, 2021
Selection deadline: April 28, 2021
Notification of Acceptance: May 1, 2021
Work delivery: May 7, 2021
Show Opening: Saturday May 15, 2021
Exhibition Dates: May 15 – June 12, 2021
Work pickup: June 13, 2021

Exhibition Location:
Avenue 50 Studio
131 N. Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042

For questions: j.ann.heo@gmail.com


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Avenue 50 Studio
Jeanne Heo


Avenue 50 Studio
131. North Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042 United States
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