Wednesday, November 11th @ 6 p.m.
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This event brings two Harvard GSD communities, APIA and AASU, with the two artists in conversation about their work.
The role of posters as protest has acquired renewed urgency in the midst of a global pandemic and continuous protests movements surrounding social justice initiatives across myriad landscapes. Activism-based visual arts have been paramount to coalition building and personal expression. As artists of color, Monyee Chau and Lo Harris respond to conventional depictions of Asian-American and African-American communities respectively, using their artwork to sublimate stereotypes and empower underrepresented voices. This event brings together two Harvard GSD communities, APIA and AASU, with the two artists in conversation about how their works champion a more-equitable and just world.
Lauren (Lo) Harris is an Alabama-raised, Brooklyn-based, self-taught digital artist who specializes in illustration and motion design, and is currently an associate Animator at NBC News Digital. Her vibrant work aims to illustrate a more just and kind world through bright palettes, strong figures, and relational compositions showcasing confidence, humanity, and joy. Her designs centered on editorial projects, campaigns and environmental designs for lifestyle, technology, and beauty brands, as well as social justice initiatives. Lo has produced work for a number of clients including Amazon, Cosmopolitan, The Black Curriculum, Adobe, and The Ellen Show, and has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, Marie Claire, and HuffPost.
Monyee Chau is a Seattle-based, Taiwanese-Chinese-American artist exploring their own cultural roots through sculptures, paintings, photography and poster-making. She received a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 2018 and her work is far reaching: not only are they exhibited at various museums, such as Wing Luke Museum and Bellevue Arts Museum, they are plastered across American Chinatowns and popularized on social media. Chau’s work on Chinatown resilience responds to the resurface of racism with Covid-19, with her illustration, ‘Yellow Peril Supports Black Power’ becoming a powerful representation of racial solidarity.