America Stole My Tongue

1 May 2021 – 1 May 2022

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10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

Timezone: America/Los_Angeles

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Hosted by: Otis College of Art and Design, Ben Maltz Gallery

Bolsky Gallery and Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to present
America Stole My Tongue a exhibition of new work by Los Angeles based artist Xiouping.


The works form a narrative that only can be told by the artist merging and mixing mediums of performance, sound, video and sculpture.

The exhibition comprises all new work conceived from traversing cognitive mapping of the past and future. The body of work reflects the diaspora of animacy, rebuilding the bridge that suspends time in memories forgotten or lost.

America Stole My Tongue investigates silence of faded story’s untold. An exploration through a queer bi-racial lens. The native tongue can be easily lost through extinction and annihilation. Languages are cultural archives and community identity, in assimilation they have historically been targeted for destruction. The artist uses preservation in myth making truth.

Virtual Viewers are invited to observe the sculptures, the prints on scrolls, two videos and a live performance. Two prints collating on rice paper scrolls with information from archival content will assist visitors to navigate the artist’s visual language. Viewers are invited to access scored sounds, with textual and theatrical strategies that explore the artist’s metadata.

The “bed” is an installation repository archiving the relationship within a space of video and sound, exploring the ephemeral fabric of existence provoking reflection of human behaviour; signifiers of non binary thought, political psychoanalysis that examines our world.

Xiouping aka (TNT) Taiwanese & Texan is an American new genres artist, photographer, video, installation, and performance artist; as well as a writer and educator.

I-Feminist, Eco Feminist Xiouping's works investigates hybridity examining identity politics through story telling is a reconstruction of her experience spanning time. Her performances explore myth making/story telling through indigenous shamanic Taiwanese, and Cherokee-European ancestry; taking her agency and narrative within identity, using the relationship between performer and audience, dismantling racism, sexism, and the human condition.

Xiouping has published independent Zines & Essays “can I get a witness”, “addick”, “Herstory”, “WoManifesto” and recently she published her 1st book called “Reflections” the book will be in the Otis College Library, Fall 2021. Her work has been funded by non profit, grants and patrons of the arts.

She has BFA from San Francisco Art Institute, and will obtain an MFA from Otis College + Social Practice in Los Angeles in spring 2021. She has showed works in San Francisco, New York, LA and Mexico City. Currently she is the Host for the visiting artist lecture series at Otis College in Los Angeles and lives in Venice Beach.

For all press and inquiries, please contact artist directly at xioupingfineart@gmail.com


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