“Slaysian 2.0” exhibition featuring works by Asian American artists opens Saturday in Bridgeport

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BRIDGEPORT – An art exhibit featuring Asian American artists from Chicago and the Midwest will open for the first time in person on Saturday.

“SLAYSIAN 2.0” will celebrate the work of 22 artists from various backgrounds and ethnicities. The exhibition will include photographs, sculptures, woodwork and more.

The opening reception – which will feature drinks from nearby Marz Community Brewing and a live DJ – will take place Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St.

The gallery will be open on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. until January 15. It will be closed during the holidays and on December 10 and 11.

The reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public. Visitors must wear a mask at all times and provide proof of vaccination, according to the event’s website.

“SLAYSIAN” was originally scheduled to open at Co-Prosperity on March 20, 2020, around the same time the Illinois stay-at-home order began due to the pandemic. Jenny Lam, creator and independent artist “SLAYSIAN”, decided to postpone the exhibition in person indefinitely.

Later that spring, Lam launched the online exhibition, featuring photos or audio recordings of the artists’ work and a brief description of each. The free digital exhibit is always available for viewing.

More than two years later, many artists – some of whom have never been to an exhibition before – will now have the opportunity to show new works created during the pandemic at “SLAYSIAN 2.0”.

The name of the exhibition, which is a combination of the words “kill” and “Asian”, is representative of the object of the exhibition. “SLAYSIAN 2.0” centers on Asian American artists and emphasizes that “just being and creating was enough,” Lam wrote on her website.

Participating artists:

  • Aimy Tien
  • Alex Belardo Kostiw
  • Caroline liu
  • Charlene Moy
  • Chris Gallevo
  • Dao Nguyen
  • James gu
  • Julius Dizon-Cruz Bautista
  • Justin suico
  • Kaitlyn hwang
  • Kristin anahit cass
  • Muriel christensen
  • Nini Hawes
  • Priscilla huang
  • Richard Gessert
  • Robert Apolinaire
  • Sam riesmeyer
  • Sophie pokorny
  • Stafford Smith
  • Susie Xiong (InsomniaBird)
  • Viviane The
  • Yuqing zhu

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