USF Contemporary Art Museum's SubRosa: The Language of Resistance offers moving examples of how society and artists respond to social, political and environmental oppression with works by China’s status-quo-busting, middle-finger-shooting art messiah Ai Weiwei, Ramón Esono Ebalé (Equatorial Guinea) and a handful of others.
Curated by Noel Smith, the exhibition will feature a series of events with one of its highlights at 6 p.m. today — a Pecha Kucha, which as many of you know, is a presentation format based on the Japanese word for "chit chat." Each presenter displays 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each (six minutes and 40 seconds in total).
From 6 to 8 p.m., you can gain snippets of fresh insight from Tutu Alicante on promoting human rights; Andrea Assaf, catalyzing social change through performance work including community-based theatre and cultural organizing;Wendy Babcox, who speaks on photographing Jerusalem's Garden of Gethsemane; Shannon Bassett, designing community engagement along Bradenton's Riverwalk with SACD students; Kip Curtis, building schoolyard gardens to address dropout rates and diet-related health issues in St. Petersburg; Kristine Kelly, documenting the crisis of human trafficking in Tampa Bay; Colin Sullivan, promoting equality and well-being in the university area community through the BRIDGE student-run free clinic, and Serhat Tayolancar, creating individual freedom and democracy in Turkey through a dialogue between authority and artwork.
Alicante is Executive Director, EG Justice, working to promote human rights, the rule of law, transparency and civic participation to build a just Equatorial Guinea. Assaf is a founding member of Art2Action Inc. Artist Babcox is an associate professor of art at USF. Bassett is assistant professor of architecture and urbanism, USF School of Architecture and Community Design. Curtis is executive director of The Edible Peace Patch Project. Film producer Kelly's credits include WEDU's Too Close to Home: Human Trafficking in Tampa Bay. Sullivan is chief communications director of BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic, and Tayolancar is an instructor of art at USF.
Save the dates, folks: On Wed., Nov. 13, head to Tampa Theatre for a screening of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. On Nov. 14, a curator's tour of the exhibition will take place at noon.
Subrosa is on display Mondays-Saturdays through Dec. 7 at the USF Contemporary Art Museum, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., CAM 101, Tampa. 813-974-4133. usfcam.usf.edu.