In April, join Black Salt Collective for live sets of eclectic sounds complimented by interactive live video-mixing and spontaneous performance. Black Salt is the work of four black, brown, and indigenous female artists: Adee Roberson, Grace Rosario Perkins, Sarah Biscarra Dilley, and Anna Luisa Petrisko (Jeepneys). Black Salt embodies cultural and contemporary narratives that counter the Western, anthropological framework traditionally tied to cultural art. Black Salt is about contemporary, non-linear identity in which experience results in an atmosphere.
About Third Thursday
Every month we invite Bay Area artists, thinkers, and culture makers to present unique experiences that you’ll only find at YBCA. From live performances and interventions to dialogues and discussions, third Thursdays promise inspiration and fun.
About the Artists
Anna Luisa Petrisko “Jeepneys” is an interdisciplinary mestiza artist in Los Angeles. Named after the iconic converted WWII army jeeps of the Philippines, her work investigates the complexities of postcolonial identity from the past to the future. With sci-fi opera, multimedia installation, and a fleet of bodysuits, Jeepneys creates new mythological landscapes with distinct visual and sonic language. Jeepneys’ trademark handpainted bodysuits are futuristic re-indigenized tattooed skin, referencing a tribal history of Pacific Ocean peoples. Her work has been shown at the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Presents, REDCAT, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), and the Avant-Garde Festival curated by Faust.
Adee Roberson was born in West Palm Beach, Florida in 1981, with strong familial ties to Jamaica. Her work weaves rich celestial landscapes with drum patterns, found photos, synthesizers, and various percussion instruments. She has exhibited and performed her work in numerous galleries and independent venues including, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, SomArts Cultural Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, African American Cultural Center, and Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario. She is based in Oakland, CA where she co-founded Black Salt Collective.
Sarah Biscarra Dilley (b. 1986, unceded Nisenan land) is a multidisciplinary artist and weaver currently residing in the unceded homeland of the Chochenyo Ohlone people. Raised in Chumash, Chicanx, and queer family traditions, between urban and rural environments, these factors inform her understanding of embodiment and place as spatial, temporal, and grounded in relationship. Anchored in the intention and practices of indigenous resurgence, through contradiction, complexity, and communion, she uses found footage, cut paper, archival material, handwork, language, and thread to trace landscapes of resilience and shifting relationships of belonging, displacement, and home.
Grace Rosario Perkins is based in Oakland CA but has spent most of her life moving between city centers, the Navajo Nation, and the Gila River Indian Community. Rosario Perkins is interested in disassembling her personal narrative and reassembling it as one that layers words, objects, faces, and signifiers built from cultural dissonance, language, and history. Rosario Perkins views her mixed media work as a continuation of challenging monolithic and static definitions of Native peoples by making room for renewal, abstraction, and contemporaneity.
Part of Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena, FREE art, drinks, fun… Get your culture on each month in downtown San Francisco with artworks, talks, performances, and interactive events throughout the neighborhood!
YBCA Exhibitions 16-17 are made possible in part by:
Mike Wilkins and Sheila Duignan, Meridee Moore and Kevin King, and The Creative Ventures Council.
Engagement and Education Programs in 16-17 are made possible in part by:
Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Wallace Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, The Sato Foundation, and U.S. Bank Foundation.
Lead Image: Texas Isaiah, courtesy Black Salt Collective.