Now in it’s 12th season, SOMArts announces 2022–2023 Curatorial Residents
The Indigo Project curated by Bushmama Africa and Isha Rosemond
Muni Raised Me curated by Sasha Vu, Meymey Lee, and Celi Tamayo–Lee
July 20, San Francisco, CA–SOMArts Cultural Center is excited to announce the curators who will shape the 12th season of the Curatorial Residency program. Designed to offer emerging to established curators tools to further their practice and explore timely social issues through arts & culture, SOMArts’ Curatorial Residents have transformed our large-scale exhibition space into a site of collaborative creation and innovation for over a decade.
This year’s Curatorial Residents create multi-faceted exhibitions focused on local, national, and global concerns in one of San Francisco’s most recognizable gallery spaces. Bushmama Africa and Isha Rosemond kickstart the 2022–2023 Curatorial Residency with The Indigo Project which demonstrates the living connection between Indigo, Cotton, and Denim across the temporal geography of the African Diaspora.
“I applied for this residency as an assignment from my ancestors who wanted to be honored and celebrated artistically,” shares Bushmama Africa.
In Spring, SOMArts opens Meymey Lee, Sasha Vu, and Celi Tamayo-Lee’s multidisciplinary exhibition Muni Raised Me, a love letter to working-class San Francisco and an exploration of belonging; to a land that is not ours, that we will never own, but that we owe.
“Muni Raised Me is excited to build with other artists and organizers who were born and raised in San Francisco! Those who were raised in San Francisco have a unique and important perspective to share. We’re curious about what will happen if you get enough of us in a room together to make art,” says Meymey Lee.
Awarded through an open submission process, this unique program is a year-long incubator for curatorial research, mentorship, planning, and realization. SOMArts Curatorial Residency recipients receive the following support: a month-long exhibition with accompanying public programming, a project grant, and 9-months of planning and technical support, outreach assistance, and professional mentorship provided by SOMArts’ staff.