Friday, September 18, 2015
EXHIBITION: Aboveground—40 Moments of Transformation”

“Aboveground—40 Moments of Transformation” 

A photography exhibition of young feminist activism in China 

(9/23-9/27, 2015, 3:30pm-7pm) 

Reception: 9/24/2015, 4:30pm-7pm 

The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center (The Clemente)

LES Gallery, ground floor 107 Suffolk Street NY, NY 10002

 F,J, M or Z trains to Delancey/Essex Street. Main entrance on Suffolk st. (btw Delancey and Rivington)

We are thrilled to announce "Aboveground—40 Moments of Transformation", a photography exhibition of young feminist activism and the struggle for gender equality in China. Co-hosted by China Rights in Action, Feminist Task Force, and Asian American Arts Centre, the opening reception will take place on Thursday, September 24, from 5-7 pm. Guest speakers will begin at 5pm.

Feminism calls for freedom from restrictive gender roles and for gender equality in the realization of social, cultural, economic and political rights. "Aboveground—40 Moments of Transformation" documents young Chinese activists' impressive efforts to combat stigma, discrimination, and violence against women in pursuit of these ideals. These activists use public spaces as their battlefront to gain visibility and spark open dialogue. But, in China’s repressive environment, bringing the fight for gender equality above ground comes at great personal risk. This exhibition frames and explores the determination with which these young feminists are pushing for a China with true gender equality.

Background information:

In 1995, 189 governments came together in China and adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. These documents were a remarkable milestone, committing to a vision for women and girls of equal rights, freedom, and opportunities in all spheres of society and of lives free from want, fear, and violence. Two decades later, ironically, feminists and lawyers in China who fight for such equal rights are subjected to search, harassment, and even detention. On March 7, 2015, the Chinese government detained five women activists on the eve of International Women’s Rights Day for their efforts to call attention to sexual harassment. The women received an outpouring of support from feminists, women’s groups, human right organizations, and politicians around the world. But dark clouds are still gathering inside China. Although “The Feminist Five” were released after 37 days, it was conditioned on a strict form of bail that limits their movement, associations, and speech, and they are still treated as criminal suspects by Chinese police.

On September 27, UN Women and China are co-hosting a “Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action.” China’s President, Xi Jinping, will give the opening remarks and chair the first part of the meeting at the UN. While this political gesture will be welcomed by some global audiences as a sign of China’s progress, in reality, women’s rights in China will remain in peril as long as those who fight for them face violence and persecution.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015
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Dear friend,
I would like to invite you to the opening of Inner Fields 2ed session.
Tai Chi as Meditation
a introduction with Robert Lee
Sunday September 13th, 3-5pm

I'd like to warmly invite you to a talk and participatory demonstration of the gentle and contemplative martial art form t'ai chi ch'uan this Sunday afternoon at Inner Fields.

T'ai chi ch'uan combines deep breathing with slow, flowing movement.
Robert Lee is the Executive Director & Curator of the Asian American Arts Centre, participating in its founding in 1974 and the Asian American Arts Alliance in 1983. He will offer an introductory approach to his practice as a form of meditation.  Although he is not a teacher of tai chi, Robert has been a practitioner of for several decades, and has a meditation practice which spans over 15 years.”

This talk and demonstration will begin with a warm up, an exercise to get a sense of the temper and the flow of chi, then a brief section of the form and some tai chi walking. This will be repeated so audience watching can rotate with those participating.

There are many health benefits attributed to tai chi, such as improving balance, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, immune system response, concentration and a sense of overall happiness. However according to Robert, tai chi's values and qualities are best experienced rather than described. And practiced as meditation it can help to quiet oneself, which can lead to a more transparent mind.

“Some artists enter similar states with their art practice, thus making art can be a rich a form of inner knowledge and satisfaction, if not joy.  Much like art, tai chi is incommensurable, non-translatable, and categorizing does not convey anything by way of an introduction to its practice. It is better if there is no 'why' or 'should'. What I've come to practice is tai chi as meditation - an inner path, a silence." - Robert

The suggested donation for this event is $5-10 and all contributions will go towards supporting Inner Fields. Refreshments will be provided. Space is very limited so please RSVP to by Friday September 11th to be added to the list.

Elaine Su-Hui
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