SOLASTALGIA: A Queer Eco-Feminist Poetry Tour featuring the transdisciplinary works and performances of Chinese-American migrant artist Jess X. Chen and Indigenous DinÃ© artist Demian DinÃ©Yazhiâ€™ founder ofÂ RISE: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment. Through poetry and public art, their work embodies the form of time travel and recalls narratives of queerness, love, trauma, fantasy, and survivance. Their work is a reclamation of inherited lands, ancestors, and cultures lost to post-apocalyptic colonial violence. Through poetry they create indigenous and immigrant futures in the time of our current ecological collapse.
Demian DinÃ©Yazhi is a Portland-based transdisciplinary artist born to the clans Naasht’Ã©zhÃ TÃ¡bÄ…Ä…hÃ¡ (Zuni Clan Waterâ€™s Edge) & TÃ³dÃch’ÃÃ’nii (Bitter Water) of the DinÃ© (Navajo). His work is best understood through the lens of curatorial inquiry, zine production, street interventions, education, workshops, and art production. Demianâ€™s artwork and writing is a continual inquiry into Radical Indigenous Queer Feminist ideology and has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally. He received his BFA in Intermedia Arts from PNCA, where he received the Intermedia Department Award for his thesis exhibition BURY MY ART AT WOUNDED KNEE: Blood & Guts in the Art School Industrial Complex. He is the founder and director of the artist/activist initiative, R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment, which is dedicated to the education, perseverance, & evolution of Indigenous art & culture.
Jess X. Chen is a queer filmmaker, multi-disciplinary artist/activist and nationally-touring poet. After the Cultural Revolution, her parents immigrated from rural Nanchang, China to Canada in 1989. Her work exposes narratives of colonial trauma, diasporic love and collective protest. Through film, mural-making, poetry and education, she is working toward a future where migrant and indigenous youth of color see themselves whole and heroic, on the big screen and the city walls & then grow up to create their own. She is a member of the Justseeds Artists Co-operative. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, her poetry has been published in The Offing, Nepantla: a Journal for Queer Poets of Color, The Margins and more. She has performed on stages such as The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, TEDxCUNY, The Asian American Writers Workshop, and more.
May 5th â€“ Los Angeles, CA
7:30pm, Backyard show in Hollywood.
May 6th â€“ Tucson, AZ
7PM: Story Land Tucson
May 7th â€“ Gallup, NM
7PM: Gallup Coffee Company
May 8th â€“ Santa Fe, NM
2PM – Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)
May 9th â€“ Albuquerque, NM
7PM: The Tannex, w/ DISCOTAYS
May 10th-11th â€“ Oklahoma City, OK
May 12th â€“ St. Louis, MI
7:30PM: Westminster Press, w/ Joss Barton
May 13th â€“ Chicago, IL
6:30PM: City Lit Books, with Emily Yoon and TBA
May 14th â€“ Pittsburgh, PA
May 15th â€“ Peekskill, NY
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
Visions From The Inside Opening
Hi Tumblr! Hi America! Iâ€™m on tour this week! Come catch me and the incredible @heterogeneoushomosexual for an eco-feminist poetry show.Â