Place/Displaced, presented by SOMArts and Bayview Opera House, invites everyone to the table to explore the role we each play in a changing Bay Area in the present moment, marked by an unprecedented increase in Ellis Act evictions, Black flight and the outmigration caused by an affordability crisis. More than 40 participating artists and groups use their various creative practices to recall and record diasporic histories, reveal complex identities and address issues of cultural preservation. Included artworks and installations envision new possibilities for cities in transition, and the financial and spiritual well-being of their inhabitants.
The opening reception Thursday, November 20, 6–9pm, free admission, features a drum circle led by Kulture Freedom that anyone can join, live performances hosted by American Conservatory Theater’s Stage Coach program, live painting, brief artist talks and interactive installations facilitated by more than 13 participating artists and groups. Scroll down to learn about even more great events!
The comic “(H)afrocentric” by Jewels Smith stars a radical black feminist, Naima Pepper, and her friends and family grappling with identities and neighborhoods in flux. Smith’s installation offers larger than life comic figures and a literal soap box where participants can publicly answer questions like, “How would you like to see your neighborhood transformed?” and “What does gentrification feel like to you?” by adding hashtags to images and text they share on Twitter and Instagram.