Unity at the Initiative Public Exhibitions

4 Feb - 1 May 2021
Multiple Locations

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Pearl Street view from behind Asian Arts Initiative into the Unity Within the Initiative Capsule Exhibition, 2021, Asian Arts Initiative. Photo by Zsa Zsa Dali.

Asian Arts Initiative presents Unity at the Initiative, a multimedia visual exhibition, and in-home experience. Four Philadelphia locations will display a range of artworks from paintings and wheatpastings to short films and performance videos visible from the outside. A major part of the exhibition will be an indoor-outdoor immersive installation with new media performances presented in the 1219 Vine Street storefront of Asian Arts Initiative. The project is anchored in the work of Oakland-based artist and skater Jeffrey Cheung and his Unity initiative, which celebrates queer and trans BIPOC creativity and community.

As part of the in-home experience, Philadelphians who identify as queer and/or trans may enter to receive a care package consisting of art and self-care contributions designed and curated by local publication project Fortune.

The exhibition is co-curated by Alex Shen and Dongyi Wu. Participating artists include Cheung, Pew Fellow Camae Ayewa, Golden Collier, Shanel Edwards, Jeremiah Jordan, Khari Johnson-Ricks, Malachi Lily, Icon Ebony-Fierce, Soleil Summer, and Wit Lopez.

Exhibition Locations 

Asian Arts Initiative 
1219 Vine St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19107 

The Attic Youth Center 
255 S. 16th St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19102 

Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room
345 S. 12th St.  
Philadelphia, PA 19107 

Mina’s World 
511 S 52nd St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19143