Body Maps: Opening May 10

I'm pleased that the piece "Elegy" will also be included in an literary and art exhibition entitled Body Maps, curated by Margaret Rhee.

Opening Reception

Thursday, May 10 - 6:00 pm
Performance 7pm- 8:30pm
$5-$15 sliding scale

Proceeds will benefit partnering organization Bantei Srei and AAWAA.

La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705

Exhibition Statement: Body Maps

Our bodies. Ourselves. Her Asian American body is a historical, political, and emotional site where difference, identity, and freedom are mapped. Our digital age presents a plethora of racialized imagery of her Asian American Body. How to begin? The intergenerational poets and artists of "Body Maps" respond, reclaim, and remap her Asian American body through feminist interventions. "Body Maps" is a feminist exploration, poetic celebration, cartographic journey, in which, we invite you to join us.

Presenting Artists:

* Jai Arun Ravine
* Bonnie Kwong
* Barbara Jane Reyes
* Leah Lakshimi Piepzna-Samarasinha
* Jean Vengua
* Celeste Chan and JDX
* Debbie Yee
* Monica Ong
* Rona Luo
* Kim Tran
* HaeTae and Margaret Rhee

Opening Reception: Critical Condition

The opening of Critical Condition: When Silence Speaks was a great success! Thanks to Steve Olsen, my installation specialist, for all his hard work. Check out the highlights of the evening as well we the work.

The exhibition will be up through September 16, 2011. Please contact the Parachute Factory at 203-764-7594 for directions and gallery hours. They did tell me they can make weekend appointments.

Critical Condition: Please Support!


Please support this collective of women artists for Critical Condition, an exhibition giving voice to important community issues in public health. All donated funds will help to make this show possible at the Parachute Factory, a collaboration between the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH), the Community Services Network of Greater New Haven (CSN), and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.

Featuring new work by artists Liana Dragoman, Monica Ong Reed, Silvia Rigon, and the Center for Digital Storytelling.

This exhibition positions the body as a stage – where embedded beliefs and social constructs collide and re-emerge as transformative narratives about cultural anomalies in public health. These artists and storytellers gather voices of witness and meditation, asking questions that are poignant but pointed.

What happens when a woman’s body cannot be translated? Why do scars persist and what do they teach us about silenced histories? When aberrations in cell growth spell out a terminal condition, what happens to our illusion of security? How do we contend with stigma in the face of domestic violence or HIV/AIDS? These ruptures call on us to revisit – and redefine – the social conditions from which they erupt, spill, and burn into our shared memory.

See You on the Flip Side! : An Exhibition on Narrative/Identity

February 3 – March 12, 2011 : AC Institute

Recent works by Monica will be featured in a group exhibition "See You on the Flip Side!" on narrative and identity at the AC Institute in the Chelsea gallery district in New York from February 3–March 12, 2011. The exhibition will feature the "Remedies" series as well as the completed "Old Timer's Dis-ease" series that reflects on the cultural-medical experiences in her multi-generational family.