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Past Present | Future Imperatives: Queer Space Time
Viet Lê, Genevieve Erin O'Brien, Jai Arun Ravine, Tina Takemoto

February 25-March 24, 2012
Opening reception Saturday, February 25, 6-9pm


Sabina Lee Gallery is pleased to present, Past Present | Future Imperatives: Queer Space Time…


Viet Lê world premieres his sexperimental music video for an original trilingual hip pop song entitled love bang! Shown with related large scale photographs and relics, the video conjures a time-traveling transgender love triangle set in Viet Nam and Cambodia.

Lê received his MFA from UC Irvine and his PhD from the University of Southern
California. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Lê received
fellowships from the Civitelli Ranieri Foundation (Italy), the Banff Centre (Canada), Fine Arts Work Center, Fulbright (Viet Nam), PEN Center USA, Center for Khmer Studies (Cambodia), and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.


Genevieve Erin O'Brien's piece “GEO Work”—a series of 8-hour durational performances and video installations—investigates and explores the unseen overlooked labor of the service industry, and troubles the viewers' relationship to labor.

A Queer Vietnamese-Irish American interdisciplinary artist, community organizer, and popular educator, O’Brien received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute Chicago as well as a Fulbright fellowship (Viet Nam). Her solo performances and installations have toured nationally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.


Jai Arun Ravine's experimental film Tom/Trans/Thai approaches the silence around female-to-male (FTM) transgender identity by addressing tom and trans-masculine identities in Thai and Thai American communities and the transnational relationships between gender and language. Ravine's experimental karaoke music video—a mis-translated cover of the song “Faen Christy” by Dutch artist Christy Gibson— explores the term “Faen,” a non-gendered Thai word for romantic partner, purportedly derived from the hybridization of the English words “fan” and “friend.”

Ravine is a mixed race Thai American writer, dancer, video and performance artist who received an MFA in Writing & Poetics from Naropa. A recipient of fellowships from ComPeung, Djerassi and Kundiman, they are the author of ???? and then entwine (Tinfish Press, 2011) and the chapbook Is This January (Corollary Press, 2010).


A timely commentary on American citizenship and militant xenophopia, Tina
Takemoto’s musical mash-up Looking for Jiro looks to the past to find a gay Japanese dandy incarcerated during WWII. Gentleman’s Gaman evoke found-object art and craft produced in the internment camps.

Takemoto is an interdisciplinary writer, theorist, and performance artist whose work
explores issues of illness, gender, race, and queer identity. She has presented artwork and performances internationally and has received grants funded by Art Matters, James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, Andy Warhol Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.


Collaborators Viet Lê and Genevieve Erin O'Brien dream of an all-Asian American
Queer band from the future that performs retro covers. In a spectacular one night-only
event, this futuristic band teleports to 2012 to disrupt the dystopian present with their
musical genius. Special guest stars Leslie Mah, Karen Tongson, Sheri Ozeki, Jenny San Angel and others make up this imaginary all-star One Night Band.

This exhibit made possible in part by support from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA); VAALA (Vietnamese Arts & Letters Association); DVAN (Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network); and Claremont Colleges.

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