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Artist Uprising

The Artist Uprising Series features locally and nationally recognized artists and performers who specialize in artistic expression as a means for exploring key areas related to diversity and culture, contemporary understandings of identity and social justice issues. This series consists of interdisciplinary arts through performance and other artistic expressions followed by a talk-back session.

Queer Heartache
Tuesday September 29, 2015
Student Center 120B, 2250 N. Sheffield
Queer Heartache is a slam poetry show written and performed by Kit Yan, a transgender, queer, Asian American from Hawaii. The performance follows Kit from his childhood in Hawaii as a poor child of immigrants, to Kit’s move to the continental U.S. and his experiences with hate crimes, bathrooms and gender.  Queer Heartaches tackles the shortcomings of the medical and social services systems in America, and ultimately seeks to find a story within all of these struggles.

Bio:  Featured in HBO's Asian Aloud, Kit Yan is a queer, transgender, Asian American and Brooklyn-based slam poet from Hawaii. Kit’s work has been recently featured in Flicker and Spark and Troubling the Line, two new queer and transgender poetry anthologies, and has a forthcoming book with Transgenre Press.

Kit’s poetry has been reviewed in New York Magazine, Bitch, Curve and Hyphen. His poetry has been taught all over the world, and he has been seen on the SF Pride mainstage, National Equality March stage, the Department of Justice and numerous international slam poetry stages. Kit's poetry has been commissioned by the Census Bureau and national queer visibility campaigns such as OUTmedia and Campus Pride's joint "Be Queer Buy Queer" and "Queer It Up" campaigns. 

Kit has toured internationally with Sister Spit, The Tranny Roadshow and Good Asian Drivers.  He is on both the Advocate and Campus Pride’s lists of recognized LGBT speakers. Some fun facts: Kit is the first ever Mr. Transman, and when he isn't performing he is eating ramen, playing ukulele and talking story.​

Okinawa Stories - 70 Arduous Years in the Pacific
Wednesday November 4, 2015
DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton
Internationally recognized photographer Osamu James Nakagawa discusses the development of his work and experiences on the island of Okinawa, Japan. Spurred on by the news that Japanese high school history textbooks would exclude the Japanese army’s involvement in the atrocities of the Battle of Okinawa, Nakagawa embarked on a journey into the caves of the island to photograph an untold and obscured history through significant historical sites.

Bio:  Osamu James Nakagawa was born in New York City; raised in Tokyo, Japan and returned to Houston, Texas at the age of 15.  He received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston in 1993. He is currently the Ruth N. Halls Professor of Art at Indiana University, as well as a recipient of the 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, winner of the 2010 Higashikawa A New Photographer of the Year award, and the 2015 Sagamihara Photographer of the Year award in Japan. Nakagawa's work is shown internationally and Akaaka Art Publishing published his monograph GAMA Caves in January 2014. 

His recent work, BANTA and GAMA series have been shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; 2012 Les Rencontre D’ Arles, France; Fries Museum, Netherlands; Nikon Salon, Tokyo; and others. Nakagawa’s work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Sakima Art Museum, Okinawa; The Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and others.​