The Black Aesthetic, christy chan, + mystery guest 

Tuesday, Sep. 19th @7pm

oakland, CA

Image credit: Christy Chan's film "Pen Pals," which chronicles the story of a young Chinese girl who starts sending letters to the K.K.K., in hopes that they stop intimidating her family.

Image credit: Christy Chan's film "Pen Pals," which chronicles the story of a young Chinese girl who starts sending letters to the K.K.K., in hopes that they stop intimidating her family.

The Black Aesthetic (TBA) is a creative organization, whose mission is to curate and assemble both a collective and distinct understanding of Black visual culture. They pose the question: What is the Black aesthetic sensibility and what does it look like to you? By working with artists, writers, filmmakers, and designers, they cultivate work that asks the audience to consider their relationship to Black art. Based in Oakland, TBA are invested in developing a community who will participate and engage with their mission. Through film screenings, publications, and product development, TBA wants to add to a growing collection of artistic visions that are grounded in place, body, lived-experience and are responsive to its respective environment.

Christy Chan is an interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland and working primarily in video, installation, performance and oral storytelling. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Kala Art Institute, Southern Exposure, Root Division, SOMarts, the Los Angeles Film Festival, and in storytelling venues such as NPR.  She has been awarded residencies and support from the Lucas Artists Residency Program at Montalvo Arts Center, Project 387, Kala Art Institute, Headlands Center for the Arts and Real Time and Space in Oakland. Chan holds an M.A. in Communication Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She is working on the film Pen Pals which has been featured on NPR’s Snap Judgement and The New York Times and tells the story of Shelly, an 8-year-old girl who writes idealistic letters to the Ku Klux Klan after the Klan targets her family. Based on real-life events, Pen Pals draws on Chan's experience growing up in a Southern town with a white nativism movement, an experience that continues to inform her ongoing explorations of race, power, and what it means to be an American.  

One more mystery guest!


The living room light exchange is organized by Liat Berdugo and Elia Vargas.

it meets the 3rd tuesday of every month in rotating living rooms around the bay area.

Email livingroomlightexchange@gmail.com for exact location each month + to be added to our list for future events.

Support for the Living Room Light Exchange is generously provided by Southern Exposure's Alternative Exposure Grant Program, the Clorox Foundation, private donors, and our community. The Exchange is also fiscally sponsored by the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts