Anh Bui is an interdisciplinary artist who works primarily in painting, sculpting, and installation. He was born in the city of Hanoi, Vietnam, but moved to San Francisco, USA, at the age of 10. Anh uses art as a way to explore his personal experiences living between two cultures, and place his trans-cultural experiences within the surrounding sociopolitical and cultural context. The resulting body of work subverts conventional narratives produced by Vietnamese and Western infrastructures through the exploration of duality, power balance, and cultural conflicts.
Anh received his Bachelor of Arts at San Francisco State University (SFSU) with a dual emphasis on Sculpture and Painting in 2014. He is currently pursuing a Master Degree in Museum Studies at SFSU with a focus on curation and exhibition design. Anh has exhibited at Intersection for the Arts, Incline Gallery, SFSU Fine Arts Gallery, Cesar Chavez Student Center Gallery, and Honey Hive Gallery. anhbuiart.com
Xara is the Curatorial Research Assistant for Love in the Time of War and a Book Arts student at UCSB College of Creative Studies (CCS). They examine queer politics through photography, video, and print media weaving together notions of masculinity and femininity by dissecting gender constructs through a Latinx modality. Xara is involved in community organizing and activism and facilitated panels at the 2015 National Queer Asian and Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) national conference in Chicago and the 2014 California Queer People of Color Conference (QPOCC) hosted by UCSB. They are Co-Founder and Co-Chair of UCSB's Queer Art Collective (QuAC), a coalition across race, sexuality and gender within the queer campus community that organizes events to bring together local queer communities within a broader public through art and music events.
Lananh Lê is a Viêtnamese artist and writer, based in Oakland, CA. Born and raised in Ho Chi Minh city, she migrated to the United States alone at the age of eighteen, where she initiated projects that navigate her ancestral past and Southeast Asian heritage. Born two generations after the “Vietnam War,” Lananh explores the wound which Western colonialism has inflicted on her family of Viet Cong guerrilla fighters. She graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity in 2015. She has experience working on the intersection between arts, activism and hip hop pedagogy with artists from ArtChangeUS and the Ford Foundation's “Future Aesthetics” program, including Jeff Chang and Roberta Uno. Currently, Lananh is working on multiple projects in writing, visual art and film, revolving around the themes of Việtnamese (femme)ininity, intergenerational trauma, and subverting neoliberal hegemony. She is completing an experimental screenplay exploring how memories are stored and processed in the body, and a book of poetry about her grandmother’s PTSD-related hallucinations about her younger self being tortured in prison. Lananh’s art experiments with the specter of war that haunts her personal experience, the way remembrance and modernity intertwine, and the feelings of exile, alienation and longing for a homeland.
Elyna has been involved in various projects as a film producer, curator, and film events manager. A curious learner, her intuitive personality often segues into notable endeavors. Her credentials include numerous accomplishments at international film festivals as the producer to Malaysian filmmaker-auteur, the late Yasmin Ahmad.
Elyna draws inspiration from socio-cultural ethos, transnational activities, and filmic representation across Southeast Asian cultures; which can be seen in her curated film series.
Her present focus is operations and management, where she hopes to bring together people from all walks of life into various film screenings.
When time permits, Elyna enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and photography.
Isabelle Thuy Pelaud is a Professor in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. She is the author of This Is All I Choose To Tell: History and Hybridity in Vietnamese American Literature (2011) and co-editor of Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora (2014). Her academic work can also be found in the Journal of Asian American Studies, Amerasia Journal, The Asian American Literary Review, Michigan Quarterly Review and Mixed Race Literature. Her poems and prose have been published in Making More Waves, Tilting the Continent, Vietnam Dialogue Inside/Out and The Perfume River. Her art installations were exhibited at SOMArts Cultural Center, Driftwood Gallery and SF State University. She is the founder and co-director of the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN), an organization that promotes Vietnamese cultural productions in the Diaspora.
Ina Adele Ray is a mixed-race Vietnamese and American (Scotch-Irish origins) filmmaker, video editor and educator. She has worked in film and video production in both the commercial and non-profit worlds as mainly an editor and producer for over 15 years to support her passion for filmmaking. Her recent television editing work includes 30, 60, and 90 minute programs about China and Chinese culture for D3 Productions, Inc. that have aired on PBS and CCTV. Her first film, El Paso Vietnam has won awards and screened nationally and abroad. Her current work-in-progress Ong Ba Ngoai (Grandparents) follows her grandparent’s lives spanning 3 wars and 3 continents. Adele has also served as a Part-time Assistant Professor, teaching film and media courses at the New School University and has also taught at NYU, Parsons School of Design, and Eugene Lang College. She currently teaches production courses at Berkeley City College. Ray is also founder of the East Bay Documentary Filmmaking Support Group that supports independent documentary filmmakers through monthly peer review sessions, workshops, and screenings which has been running since 2013.