SLAAP!! | 1997 - 2001

SLAAAP!! (Sexually Liberated Asian Artist Activist People!) was a queer Asian arts-activist collective, active from 1997-2001, who produced activist print media projects with camp and humor to engage issues of HIV/AIDS, sexuality, immigration and homophobia in the Asian community. Initiated through APICHA (Asian and Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS), the collective collaborated with several community-based organziations in its time, including the Audre Lorde Project, Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of New York, South Asian Lesbian & Gay Association, and Kilawin Kolektibo and the Queens Museum of Art. The creative process focused on analyzing how API experience and health issues intersected. The final product was a series of images reflecting these discussions. Images were disseminated during LGBT pride month in New York to increase visibility of Queer APIs AND outreach for HIV and sexual health projects throughout the year. Projects included postcards, a guerilla poster campaign, and large format poster designed for NYC bus stops. In addition to being a catalyst for community engagement with holistic understanding of health and sexuality, materials were also included in a variety of exhibitions on public art and arts activism, as well as numerous publications on queer/API organizing.

Fearless Love | 2001 | each poster 22 x 24 inches | poster campaign installation view around Lafayette and Great Jones streets.

Recognize| 2001 | 48 x 64 inches | archival inkjet print on duratrans

Installation view and details of a collaborative project with SLAAAP! (Sexually Liberated Asian Artist Activist People!). Recognize creates an alternate family history and genealogy. We gathered images donated by Queer-identified Asians of openly and ambiguously gay family members and linked these to imagined stories. This project shares my interest in mining untold histories, and engaging an audience with complex issues such as sexual health and desire by a situating them in a cultural context. With the participation of the NYC MTA, Recognize was viewed as part of Crossing the Line, a Queens Museum of Art exhibition of site-specific collaborative works, and is now in the Museum’s permanent collection. Posters were installed at bus stops across queens in Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, Woodhaven, and Flushing from April through October 2001.