Call for Entries: “Hungry Ghosts” Exhibition


HUNGRY GHOSTS • Call for Entries •

Presented by the Asian American Women Artist Association (AAWAA), Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) and Manilatown Heritage Foundation

ELIGIBILITY: Open to Asian American and Pacific Islanders artists of ALL GENDERS and
their collaborators, 18 years and older.

The concept of “Hungry Ghosts” ­ otherwise known as a preta (Sanskrit), èguǐ 餓鬼 (Chinese), agwi 아귀 (Korean), ma doi (Vietnamese), or gaki 餓鬼 (Japanese) ­ is common throughout many Asian cultures and religions. It typically refers to the lost spirit of a deceitful, jealous or greedy person or someone who died in a violent or unhappy way. These hungry ghosts roam the earth burdened by unmet needs, insatiable hungers, and intense desires often for a particular substance or object. Placating these ghosts often involves special ceremonies and offerings of fine food, “ghost money”, burning incense, and candles.

Jumping off from the traditional concept, The Hungry Ghosts Exhibition explores the unsatiated ghosts of our individual and collective historical struggles and the ways they continue to haunt us today. In the era “after identity politics” when many have been quick to proclaim America as being “Post­Racial” or “Post­Feminist”, we have seen the specters of unresolved struggles with racism, sexism, homophobia, and economic inequities re­emerge into public consciousness in both overtly violent and subtle ways. Illuminating these shape­shifting specters (and their illusive progeny) of historical struggles, the artists in this exhibition will serve as mediums for our Hungry Ghosts.

Exhibition Date: April 2015 (exact dates tbd)
Exhibition Venue: “Hungry Ghosts” will be exhibited at the I­Hotel Manilatown Center
Gallery, 868 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

To apply visit:­ghosts­artist­application­form/

For more info about AAWAA visit: OR facebook/AsianAmericanWomenArts
Send questions to: [email protected]

Please forward this Call for Entries to artists who may be interested.

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