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Sentiments: Expressions of Cultural Passage is a compilation of the sensitivities, hacks, gestures, and actions that we, as immigrants, have used to nourish and preserve ourselves, our families, and our communities. It serves as a toolkit for sanctuary-building, self-determination, and resistance, in the form of ongoing conversations, workshops, artist projects, and writings that explore cultural passage, immigrant identity, and notions of sanctuary. Through this compilation, Sentiments provides a first-person documentation of the various intersections of immigrant identities and the multiple and complicated facets of immigrant experiences. In complicating the traditional narratives, this collection of voices resists the reductive oversimplification of our racially diverse, multicultural, multilingual, and third-space identities, and offers a more nuanced treatment of the wide-ranging identities and experiences that characterize immigrant existence. Additionally, this series explores how the lived experiences of those who are called immigrants in the United States can inform our understanding of how white supremacy has constructed society—and how we can dismantle it.
Edited by Kimi Hanauer.
Mobilized by Valentina Cabezas, Kimi Hanauer, Bomin Jeon, & Bilphena Yahwon, in collaboration with the contributors featured in the pages ahead.
Published by Press Press in August 2018, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Dedicated to those whose stories have been misrepresented, suppressed, or erased in popular media; to immigrants,
immigrant-adjacent persons, and those who have a relationship to cultural passage; to the city that made us, Baltimore, Maryland; to our family, our community, our people.
Thank you for reading.
To celebrate the launch of Sentiments: Expressions of Cultural Passage, Press Press hosted a series of convenings and public programs across various sites, in Baltimore, Maryland, New York City, New York, and Chicago, Illinois.
Press Press Family & Friends Dinner,George Peabody Library, Baltimore, MD
To celebrate the conclusion of this long-term publication, Press Press gathered the community of friends, family, collaborators, and Sentiments contributors for a dinner together at the George Peabody Library in Baltimore, Maryland. The dinner included Liberian food cooked by Goldmah, the mother of Sentiments contributor Bilphena Yahwon.
Sentiments Book Launch + Potluck,Press Press Storefront Studio, Baltimore, Maryland
For the first public release of the book in Baltimore, Press Press hosted a potluck in the storefront studio. The event featured readings by Bilphena Yahwon, Rami Karim, and a reading of the Manifesto for Sanctuary-Building & Sanctuary-Keeping by the Press Press team.
Press Play Fair,Pioneer Works, New York City, NY
Press Press co-hosted Press Play Fair 2018 at Pioneer Works, where they organized a range of programs centering on the theme of sanctuary and immigration. Press Play is a book and music fair celebrating the merits of independent publishing and the dissemination of the arts through publication, recorded sound, and their expanded mediums. The programming included:
Sanctuary: A Publication-Making Workshop,
where participants were invited to create contributions to an expanded manifesto on sanctuary. Contributions from this workshop were assembled by the public to be freely distributed at the fair the same day.
Publishing as Sanctuary: A Conversation with Independent Organizers,
a panel of independent publishers
Jessica Lynne of
Adriana Monsalve of
Homie House Press, and
Lizania Cruz of
We The News
who discussed publishing as sanctuary in a conversation moderated by
Kimi Hanauer of
The conversation addressed questions like: Why is independent publishing an urgent and necessary practice for some? How are collaborative processes being implemented within independent publishing projects? How can moments of sanctuary be cultivated through community-mobilized processes?
Declaring our Sentiments,
a public reading of the Manifesto for Sanctuary-Building & Sanctuary-Keeping by the Press Press team, and readings by contributors, Rami Karim, Harris Bauer, and Bilphena Yahwon.
Sanctuary Is On The Horizon,New York Art Book Fair @ MoMA PS1, New York City, NY
For the New York City release of Sentiments, Press Press occupied the outdoor project space in the MoMA PS1 courtyard for NY Art Book Fair 2018. The space featured artworks produced by project contributors, Sheida Soleimani, Joseph Lee, Dafna Rehavia, and Adriana Monsalve, and displayed Press Press’s Manifesto for Sanctuary-Building and Sanctuary-Keeping, a collaboratively-built manifesto Press Press has created with immigrants and immigrant-adjacent people through workshops in Baltimore, New York City, and Chicago that highlights various visions of sanctuary and proposes strategies for creating and protecting those visions. The space featured a range of programs throughout the weekend including:
Readings on Sanctuary,
two programs featuring readings, talks, and declarations in response to the theme of sanctuary by Sentiments contributors and community members including: Amelia Bande, Andrea Abi-Karam, Dimitre Digbeu Jr, Hannah Hiaassan, Kanav Kathuria, Malcolm Peacock, Rami Karim, Liona R. Nyariri, Victoria Sobel, & Ana Ortiz Varela.
Sentiments: Expressions of Cultural Passage, A Conversation with the Organizers
a panel conversation with Press Press team Valentina Cabezas, Kimi Hanauer, Bomin Jeon, & Bilphena Yahwon reflecting on the process and motivations behind Sentiments.
Book Launch + Celebration,Chicago Art Book Fair @ ACRE ProjectsNovember 2018
At this satellite event to the Chicago Art Book Fair, Sentiments contributors and community members shared readings and talks in responses to the theme of Sanctuary including, Alize Arıcan & Tamara Becerra Valdez, Dana Bassett, Meli Marie Nava, Adriana Monsalve, Joshua Rios, Mary Tremonte, and others. The Press Press team also did a public reading of the Manifesto for Sanctuary-Building and Sanctuary-Keeping, a collaboratively-built manifesto Press Press has created with immigrants and immigrant-adjacent people through workshops in Baltimore, New York City, and Chicago, that highlights various visions of sanctuary and proposes strategies for creating and protecting those visions.
All Booked Up: Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair Teems with Zines, Scenes, and Sanctuary
The View from the NY Art Book Fair Zine Tent: 8 Zines You Want to Know About
Art Book Must Have: Press Press Sentiments
Thank you to everyone who has hosted us for workshops, given us advice along the way, or showed your support. We love you!
Samiha Alam, Baltimore Sanctuary Workshop Co-Facilitator & Graphic Design Intern
Samiha Alam is currently a painting and graphic design student at MICA. Both areas of her education, even if different, are important and connected in her practice. She hopes to not only improve in both subjects but also to incorporate them in order to create unique pieces.
Andrea Arrubla, Contributor
www.andrea-arrubla.com / @goldwomyn / email@example.com
Andrea lives in New York and makes art sometimes.
Eleni Agapis, Website Engineer and Designer
Eleni Agapis is a designer from Richmond, Virginia, currently working in New York City.
Ladin Awad, Contributor
Ladin Awad is a producer, filmmaker, and organizer by way of Sudan and New York City. A maker across mediums—her work is concerned with notions of home, identity, and belonging through a Black diasporic lens. Seeking to interrupt the linear and monolithic narratives assigned to the communities she occupies, she practices visual and innovative forms of storytelling, as well as curates immersive and experiential art programming. She is currently based in New York City, where she received her B.A. in Global Studies with a concentration in Media Studies from The New School. She is also a co-founder of Chroma, a collaborative project which employs self-actualization as an organizing principle to think, construct and shape powerful narratives of mobility by womxn of color.
Harris Bauer, Contributor
@harrisbowa / @hostingprojects
Harris Bauer is a writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She works in event production and has been involved in programming and publishing with collectives such as the Wendy's Subway reading room and Ugly Duckling Presse. She is co-founder of Hosting Projects, a curatorial project that focuses on collaboration and conversation surrounding the site specific installation of new works. She is from California, and graduated from the School of Visual Arts' Visual and Critical Studies department.
Valentina Cabezas, Organizer & Sanctuary Workshops Co-Facilitator
Valentina Ignacia Cabezas-Sena (b. 1994 Rancagua, Chile) is an interdisciplinary artist and community organizer based in Baltimore, Maryland. Her interests lie at the intersections of sustainability, social change, identity politics, and cultural equity. She works to co-build communal spaces that encourage inclusivity and collaborative work. She is an organizing member of Press Press, a collective publishing initiative that defines publishing as the action of gathering a public. She recently co-organized Roots & Raices Festival 2018, a platform that invites artists to participate in promoting love and positivity for immigrants and encourages civic engagement. Valentina received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016.
Mina Cheon, Contributor
Mina Cheon (PhD, MFA), full-time Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), is a Korean-American global new media artist, scholar, and educator who divides her time between Korea and the United States. Cheon has exhibited her political pop art known as “Polipop” internationally with the content of the work in historic alignment to appropriation art and global activism art, specifically related to North Korean awareness and global peace projects. She has work or in the collection of the Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul Olympic Museum, American University Museum, Smith College Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Art Place, Insa Art Space Korean Arts Council, C.Grimaldis Gallery, Lance Fung Gallery, Trunk Gallery, and is represented by the Ethan Cohen Gallery in New York. This fall, Cheon will be participating in 2018 Busan Biennale in Korea.
Lizania Cruz, Contributor
www.wethenews.net / @lizaniacruz
Lizania Cruz is a participatory artist interested in how migration effects ways of being and belonging. In 2016 she launched Flowers for Immigration, a photo project through which undocumented immigrant flower workers express their stories through floral arrangements. Most recently she has been working in We the News, a series of story circles and public interventions with Black immigrants and first-generation Black Americans that are documented through zines and distributed publicly through a roaming newsstand. Her work has been exhibited at the Arlington Arts Center, BronxArtSpace, and Project for Empty Space. Cruz is from the Dominican Republic and lives in Brooklyn.
Kearra Amaya Gopee, Contributor & New York City Sanctuary Workshop Co-Facilitator
Kearra Amaya Gopee is a Trinidadian-American photographer and visual artist. She is based in Brooklyn, NY.
Kimi Hanauer, Editor, Organizer, Sanctuary-Workshop Co-Facilitator
www.kimihanauer.com / @kimi_hanauer
Kimi Hanauer is an artist, writer, and cultural organizer originally from Tel Aviv. Kimi is the founding editor of Press Press. In her practice, she is dedicated to two primary goals: first, to cultivate models and methodologies that can serve as utopian alternatives to our current realities, and second, to develop networks and spaces that can translate these alternatives into concrete experiences.
Tom Hanauer, Editorial Advisor
Tom Hanauer is a doctoral student in philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. His concentration is in ethics, aesthetics, Kant, and 19th-20th century German philosophy (especially Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and the Frankfurt School).
Bomin Jeon, Contributor, Organizer, & Sanctuary Workshops Co-Facilitator
Bomin Jeon is a multidisciplinary artist from Seoul, South Korea. She is now based in Baltimore where she studied Interdisciplinary Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a manager and co-founder of Café Andamiro with her mother. When she is not making art with youth, she is probably running around PressPress-ing.
Rebekah Kirkman, Copy Editor
rebekahkirkman.wordpress.com / @rebekahkirkman
Rebekah Kirkman is a writer, editor, artist, and poet. She was the visual arts editor of the Baltimore City Paper, and her work has appeared in The Outline, BmoreArt, Hyperallergic, Baltimore Fishbowl, and others.
Rami Karim, Contributor
Rami Karim is the author of Smile & Nod (Wendy's Subway, 2018). His work has appeared in The Brooklyn Review, Apogee, The Margins, and Tagvverk, among others. He is a 2017 Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writers' Workshop.
Joseph Lee, Contributor
Joseph Lee was born in Queens, and currently lives and works in Baltimore, MD since 2014. He will receive a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a degree in General Fine Arts in 2018. He has exhibited his works at MICA, as well as Area 405, the Harriet Tubman Solidarity Center, Impact Hub, and the John Fonda Gallery. Outside of the visual arts, such as his ink paintings and ceramic vessels, his passion lies in creating opportunities for empowering people of color through 0ZONE, an artist collective he co-founded. Through 0ZONE, Joseph has organized two shows, published a book, and been featured in media such as Baltimore Sun and ArtFCity. His work is centered around the liberation of identity, equality, and the aspects of our lives that create and shape who we are.
Mei Lum, Contributor
Mei Lum is the fifth generation owner of her family’s 93-year-old porcelain ware business and the oldest operating store in NYC's Chinatown, Wing on Wo & Co. (W.O.W.). In light of Chinatown's rapid cultural displacement, Mei established community initiative the W.O.W. Project out of a desire to amplify community voices and stories through art, culture, and activism.
Luz Maria Orozco, Photographer
Luz Maria Orozco is a Colombian artist and organizer based in Baltimore.
Adriana Yvette Monsalve, Contributor & Editorial Advisor
www.adrianastories.com / @amfoto / @homiehousepress
I’m a storyteller and visual communicator that produces in-depth stories on identity through the nuances in between. As a daughter of immigrants from the Caribbean Republic of Colombia, I have struggled with the concept of ”home.”As immigrants, we are everywhere and we have to belong somewhere so we’ve made habitats for ourselves in pocket towns of people like us. I’m documenting to show you something I’ve found and ultimately, something I am. I’m documenting so you know I was here. I am an artist, book maker, and educator ... but I am still reclaiming space. I am growing into the many things that were made for me.
Rosemary Reyes, Contributor
Rosemary Reyes is a writer, painter, researcher, and space holder exploring spirituality, race, and community. She is a co-creator of Soul-Shifting Retreats, an international cross-cultural shamanic apprenticeship, and founder of Pussy Pop, roving social events in celebration of queer and trans womyn of color.
Dafna Rehavia, Contributor
(b. 1958, Israel) I am a mixed media artist and art psychotherapist. I immigrated to the U.S. in 2003 in the middle of my career with my three children, my partner, and our dog. Currently, I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My artistic practice has changed following the migration process and I started to employ components of earth, sand, and objects to my works. My art transformed and so did I. I focus on women’s issues and themes related to human existence, its fragility and temporariness, and the possibilities of transformation. My personal experiences made me sensitive to and interested in issues of survival, identity, and healing and their complex relationship to violence, human experience, migration, rituals, nationalism, and culture.
Yunique Palmer Saafir, Photographer
firstname.lastname@example.org / @yunique.yunique / @yuniqueyunique
Yunique A. Saafir is a Photographer in Brooklyn New York, via a diaspora journey from Kingston, Jamaica. Her work explores personal experiences with mental health and the idea that depression can illuminate the self and spark clarity. Through photography, she posits the idea that sedative feelings can bring healing and that vulnerability is sacred. She believes there’s power in that ambiguity and darkness, an unappreciated ability to run directly into the void, to become undone, and to rebuild again.
Malcolm Peacock, Editorial Advisor
Malcolm Peacock's art work centers and privileges Black lives. His own, his family's, his friends', and others'. In his art, Malcolm attempts to occupy different positions of vulnerability in order to remain open to the possibilities that may come from working in collaboration with others. At the core of the work is a desire to take, shape, make, and claim spaces of all kinds for the breadth of Black lives. To further explore how we have been, how we are, and how we can be in and with the world.
Sheida Soleimani, Contributor
www.sheidasoleimani.com / @sheidajanam
Sheida Soleimani is an Iranian-American artist, currently residing in Providence, Rhode Island. The daughter of political refugees that were persecuted by the Iranian government in the early 1980s, Soleimani inserts her own critical perspectives on historical and contemporary sociopolitical occurrences in Iran. Her works meld sculpture, collage, and photography to create collisions in reference to Iranian politics throughout the past century. By focusing on media trends and the dissemination of societal occurrences through the news, source images from popular press and social media leaks are adapted to exist within alternate scenarios.
Ayaka Takao, Intern
www.ayakatakao.com / @3aaa33
Born in Kitakyushu, Japan, and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Ayaka Takao is an American artist who aggressively advocates for having fun.
Bilphena Yahwon, Contributor, Organizer, & Sanctuary Workshops Co-Facilitator
www.goldwomyn.com / @goldwomyn
Bilphena Yahwon is a Baltimore-based writer, researcher, organizer and womanist born in Liberia, West Africa. Yahwon is the owner and curator of goldwomyn.com, the author of ‘teaching goldmah how to heal herself.’ and the co-creator of For Black Girls Considering Womanism Because Feminism Is Not Enuf. Her work uses a womanist approach and centers women’s health and well-being, transformative / restorative justice and intersectionality. She writes of the immigrant experience, of blackness, of healing, of African women made from flowers breathing fragility.
Named an indie creative that kicked ass in 2017 by Afropunk, Yahwon’s art and organizing work has been featured in TIME, The Nation, City Paper, Baltimore Sun, WYPR, Africa & Afro-Diasporian Art Talk and as the Women in Africa and Diaspora columnist for Ezibota. Yahwon currently serves as the Outreach Coordinator at Restorative Response Baltimore and was selected as a 2018-2019 Peer2Peer cohort member for her meaningful and critical transformative justice work in Baltimore.
Keumran Yun, Contributor
Born on Earth in South Korea and now resides in the U.S. Part of a family made of Bomin, Bokeum, and Bokyo.
Lu Zhang, Contributor & Editorial Advisor
Lu Zhang is a multi-disciplinary artist, researcher, and organizer who works in installation, sculpture, drawing, and text. She has collaborated with ICA Baltimore, Press Press, and SPARE to produce publications and exhibitions; the George Peabody Library to launch a studio residency program, and The Contemporary to build resource initiatives for artists. In 2018, Lu founded the Institute for Expanded Research to support artist-led research initiatives and facilitate collaborative partnerships between artists and researchers across disciplines.
(b. 1991, Japan) Currently fascinated with butterflies and writing an essay on motherhood from the perspective of a bunny rabbit.
The Manifesto for Sanctuary-Building & Sanctuary-Keeping was co-authored by:
Christina Kim, Lu Zhang, Luz Orozco, Anais Perez, Cherry Lau, Erick Benitez, Seola Lee, Valeria Fuentes, Amy Dewan, Leticia Enos, Adrilenzo Cassoma, Aayesha Aijaz, Maider De Emilio Diaz, Anne-Sophie Amegah, Nnenna Amuchie, Carmen Johns, Rebecca Chan, Amrita Gulati, Jacob Marley, Alejandra Nuñez, Carla Amaya, Samiha Alam, Bomin Jeon, Bilphena Yahwon, Valentina Cabezas, Kimi Hanauer, Tanya Garcia, Tamara Becerra Valdez, Sharmyn Cruz Rivera, Sheika Lugtu, Claire Voon, Leticia Bernaus, Nancy Sanchez, Dana Bassett, Christal Sih, Shu Jin, Kearra Amaya Gopee, Yunique Palmer Saafir, Diana Lozano, Rami Karim, Ladin Awad, Ece Gurleyik, Isabela Licia, Meli Marie Nava, Caroline Xia, Lisa-Qiao Mac-Donald, and others who wish to remain anonymous.
Sentiments was made possible by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and by contributions by individual community members: Julia Yerger, Ali Post, Bonnie Crawford, Dana Bassett, Abigail Parrish, Beth Blauer, Andrew Kang, Iris Lee, April Lewis, Ashley Wu, Ariel Cavalcante Foster, Luz Maria Orozco, Grace Marshall, Markele Cullins, Jessica Hyman, Rebekah Kirkman, Priya Bhayana, Maura Callahan, Mika Casiano, Eunbi C Kim, and others. ♡
Press Press Young Scholars was made possible by the Grit Fund, a Regional Regranting Program administered by The Contemporary and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Sentiments editor, Kimi Hanauer, illustrates the motivations behind the publication and reflects on the process Press Press undertook to create it. Additionally, she contextualizes the conversations that appear in the publication by outlining a brief history of citizenship in the United States and the ways in which the legal formation of American citizenship has set the stage for contemporary rhetoric around and general understanding of immigration.
Speaking with Mei Lum, the organizer behind W.O.W. Project, about her anti-gentrification work in New York City’s Chinatown and the history of her family’s business, Wing on Wo & Co.
Speaking with Bilphena Yahwon about restorative justice, education, and womanism as praxis to poetry.
Speaking with Lizania Cruz about categorizing identity through experience and the founding of We The News.
Speaking with Adriana Yvette Monsalve about living in the Texas-Mexico and co-founding Homie House Press.
Speaking with Andrea Arrubla about the meaning of Social Security and citizenship.
An essay about motherhood and migration by Rami Karim.
Bomin Jeon & Ran Yun speak about their family's move to the United States from Korea and the founding of Café Andamiro, their cafe in Baltimore.
Speaking with Sheida Soleimani and another dear friend, who wanted to remain anonymous, about creating degrees of freedom in life and work.
Art and writing by AbdulAzeem Omotosho, Filimon Fishaye, Luwam Teweldebirha, Salam Gebremichael and others who wish to remain anonymous.
Press Press Young Scholars is a youth program organized by Press Press in partnership with Baltimore City Community College Refugee Youth Project. In the program, young creative writers and artists work with the Press Press team to develop their writing and art projects in an immigrant and refugee-only space, where all participants are second language speakers.
Speaking with Ladin Awad about photographic gaze, freedom in community, and her recent trip to Sudan.
Speaking with Joseph Lee about letting go of citizenship and the founding of 0Zone Collective, a Baltimore-based group that worked to highlight and dismantle systems of oppression through parties, zines, and other cultural programming.
An essay on a survivor, the children of survivors, and the generation after. Harris Bauer reflects on her relationship to her grandmother, a Hungarian-Jew and Holocaust survivor, during a recent trip revisiting her grandmother’s place of birth.
Speaking with Umico about chosen and blood family, and learning from her strategies in negotiating rigid conversations around her multiple identities.
Speaking with Mina Cheon on the power of invisibility in sending care packages, filled with first aid, snacks, video art lessons, and more, to North Korean families.
Speaking with Kearra Amaya Gopee about the importance of context and nuanced language when fighting for racial equity, and her future plans to start her form of sanctuary, an artist residency in Trinidad.
An artist project by Lu Zhang using forms of video, photography, and poetry, exploring themes of migration and loss.
An excerpt from a conversation between Dafna Rehavia and her daughter, Kimi Hanauer, recorded while the two took a trip from their places of residence in the East Coast to Arizona.
Speaking with Rosemary Reyes about healing intergenerational trauma, her party series Pussy Pop, and the significance of emotional sensibility and vulnerability for navigating capitalist society as artists and arts workers.
A collaborative manifesto centering on the theme of sanctuary facilitated by Press Press throughout 2017-2018 in Baltimore, Chicago, and & New York City, that invites immigrants and immigrant-adjacent folks to answer the questions: What is sanctuary? How can sanctuary be created? How can sanctuary be protected?