White man sitting in an "Asian fushion" restaurant of the future declares that he wants to be like a dragon.
Screen capture from Her (2013), from the research project, Asian futures, without Asians.


Updated January 11, 2022

February 3, 2022, 7pm PST

@ Northwest Film Forum, Seattle (on-site)
Launch event and screening for the new issue of MONDAY Art Journal: “Lux Aeterna” (published by Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington), with Martine Syms’s film Incense Sweaters & Ice. The publication considers “how technological, economic, and cultural forces shape the ways we produce, share, and experience media — and how that media in turn influences our values and aesthetics,” and includes a 10-page visual essay version of Suparak’s Tropicollage.

February 8-22, 2022

@ Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (on-site and online)
Free and open to the public.
“Collection Playlist: Virtually Asian & Beirut Outtakes“: Peggy Ahwesh and Astria Suparak offer inventive perspectives of Western influences on Asian cinema and Asian influences on Western cinema.

February 15, 2022, 7-9pm GMT

@ Spike Island, Bristol, UK (online)
Free and open to the public. Live captioning.
UK premiere of Asian futures, without Asians.

May—December 2021

Inaugural Artist in Residence, The Zay Collection, London, England
Astria Suparak will conduct research on the ways in which American science fiction films represent Arab fashion — particularly its overlap with West Asian and South Asian cultures. This work will result in a public talk and online posts elaborating Suparak’s findings in 2022.


Nov. 30, 2021, 6pm PST / 9pm EST

@ Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (online)
Asian futures, without Asians. Followed by a conversation between Suparak and Chandan Reddy, Associate Professor in the departments of the Comparative History of Ideas and the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. 

Nov. 8—22, 2021

@ MoMA, New York
Register for a free ticket if you aren’t a MoMA Member
New York premiere of Asian futures, without Asians. Suparak is joined in conversation by art historian and curator Xin Wang, and Theodore Lau, 12-Month Curatorial Intern, Department of Film.

Nov. 11, 2021, 7:30pm EST

@ Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY (projected live in the Avery Theater and online)
Asian futures, without Asians. Followed by a conversation between Suparak and critic and editor Dawn Chan. Produced by Bard Film & Electronic Arts in collaboration with the Center for Curatorial Studies, Asian Studies, and Experimental Humanities at Bard.

Nov. 18, 2021, 2:30pm EST

@ George Mason University, Fairfax, VA (online)
Asian futures, without Asians. Followed by a conversation between Suparak and KJ Mohr. Presented by Visiting Filmmakers Series and Women and Gender Studies, cosponsored by Film and Video Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Women and Gender Studies, University Life. 

September 16—November 19, 2021

@ Oxy Arts, Los Angeles
Sympathetic White Robots (and Cyborgs), an installation commissioned for the “Encoding Futures” exhibition (organized by Mashinka Firunts Hakopian and Meldia Yesayan). Artists include: Algorithmic Justice League, Stephanie Dinkins, Aroussiak Gabrielian, Maya Ganesh, Kite, Lauren Lee McCarthy, Caroline Sinders, Astria Suparak, Mandy Harris Williams. 

August 14, 2021, 2-4pm PST

@ ICA LA, Los Angeles (co-presented by GYOPO)
Free and open to the public. Live captioning and ASL interpretation.
Los Angeles premiere of Asian futures, without Asians. A conversation between Astria Suparak and writer and media creative Jason Concepcion will follow the presentation.

July 2021

Asian futures, without Asians: New essay commissioned by the Wattis. A condensed version of the Asian futures, without Asians presentation (June 10). Published in Why are they so afraid of the lotus?, edited by Jeanne Gerrity and Kim Nguyen (Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and Sternberg Press, and distributed by MIT Press).

July 2021

@ Other Futures, Amsterdam
Tropicollage, a new looping video commissioned by science-fiction festival Other Futures, released online.

June 2021

@ Seen Journal
Seedy Space Ports and Colony Planets: Asian Conical Hats in Cinematic Dystopias: A new visual essay and collage commissioned for BlackStar’s Seen journal of film and visual culture. Related Instagram Live conversation on Tuesday, June 1 at 1pm PST / 4pm EST. 

June 10, 2021, 5pm PST

The Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco
Asian futures, without Asians: Premiere of a new illustrated talk by Astria Suparak commissioned by the Wattis, presented with the launch of the publication Why are they so afraid of the lotus? (Wattis and Sternberg Press, distributed by MIT Press)which includes a visual essay based on the lecture.

May 31—June 6, 2021

@ Billboard in Norwalk, Los Angeles, off the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5)
Asians have been here longer than cowboys: Billboard commission by Stop DiscriminAsian for For Freedoms AAPI Solidarity campaign

April 2—May 22, 2021
@ Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago
Guest curator for UIC MFA Class of 2020/2021 Thesis Exhibitions:
Sidelong Glances, April 2-10. Featuring artists Oleksandra Chuprina, Jared Kelley, Graham Livingston & Marina Resende Santos, Julian Van Der Moere, Robert Zant.
Ordinary Horrors, April 16-23. Featuring artists Sonya Bogdanova, Asya Dubrovina, Nick Jackson & Tyner White, Austin McCann, Laleh Motlagh, Anastasia Sitnikova.

Feb. 2, 2021
@ Berkeley Art Center, online
Virtually Asian, a new video commissioned by the Berkeley Art Center

Feb.—March 2021
@ The Royal Society of Canada, online
The Urban Legend of Rat Eating,” a small excerpt of Asian futures, without Asians, is included in the Engaging Creativities exhibition (section organized by Ethnocultural Art Histories Research, Concordia University, Montreal

Nov. 19, 2020—Feb. 14, 2021
@ USF’s Thacher Gallery (online) & in Bayview, San Francisco (in-person)
Become The Monuments That Cannot Fall is the first survey exhibition of Related Tactics, which includes a new public art commission. Organized by Astria Suparak, University of San Francisco’s Museum Studies Curatorial Practicum, & Thacher Gallery.

Jan. 19, 2021, 7pm PST
@ Living Room Light Exchange Salon (LRLX), San Francisco, online
Free, RSVP for link
Astria Suparak and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer will each present for 15-minutes, then be in conversation with each other and the audience.

May 2020
Wild Parrot Playground, The Hoosac Institute Journal

Matching Minorities//Doubtful Doubles: A Conversation on Institutionalized Racism, Tokenism, and Inclusion vs. Optics in the Art World @ Common Field Convening, Houston 2020 — Video and resources now online


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