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WorkshopInterACT! Masked PerspectivesWorkshop

March 10 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm

Masked Perspectives: Unveiling Identity
with artists Sophia Xiao-fan Austrins and mai ide

Through mask making, we will collectively consider the ways we are seen and choose to be seen, while revisiting what we know of ourselves, and creating towards the ways that we want to be and show up.

This Living Arts program is part of a year-long series of of facilitated conversation and expressive arts workshops throughout 2024 that build community through collective exploration of culture and identity.

“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” ― James A. Baldwin

This interactive workshop aims to create a space for self-reflection, creative expression, and meaningful connections. We will explore through drawing, collage, stitching, storytelling, and deconstruction.

InterACT! Masked Perspectives: Unveiling Identity
Sunday, March 10th,
1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Drop-in event, no registration needed.
Ages 6+

Japanese American Museum of Oregon ANNEX
431 NW Flanders St.
3rd Floor
Portland, OR 97209
PLEASE NOTE: This space is only accessible up several flights of stairs

Free for Friends of JAMO and JACL members
$5-10 suggested donation general public.

Feel free to bring photos, textures, or objects that connect to aspects of your identity for inspiration or inclusion on your masks.

Artist Bios

Sophia Xiao-fan Chang Austrins
Sophia Xiao-fan Chang Austrins (she/they) is an architect, immersive fabric artist, and facilitator strengthening community and culture through design activism. They are a director with Colloqate Design, a nonprofit practice seeking to design spaces of racial, social, and cultural justice throughout the built environment. Sophia seeks to share the power of the built environment with communities who have been left out of our design processes, not only because they deserve to create their own futures, but also to find the moments of delight and community growth that the act of designing together can create. Prior to joining Colloqate, Sophia founded MaskOutHate, creating relationships with BIPOC artists and communities to build dialogue, wealth, and celebration through the design of culturally affirming masks.

“Everything we create holds an opportunity to care for one another, be it object, space, action, or word.” -Sophia Xiao-fan Chang Austrins

Mai Ide
Mai Ide is an artist from Tokyo, now based in Portland, OR. Her multidisciplinary art investigates her own cultural intersectionality and deep ambivalence as an immigrant, mother, and woman. As a non-native speaker of English, Ide’s practice is expressing discomfort of being classified or perceived by society as an “other” or “forever foreigner” in the U.S. Ide’s use of salvaged fabric and sashiko stitches conveys her simultaneous vulnerability, fragility and ferocity under a constrained, violent and volatile society. Ide holds a BFA in Art Practice from Portland State University (OR) as well as degrees in sewing, pattern making, and textile design in Japan, where she worked for twelve years as a material designer. Previous exhibitions and performances include at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Kyoto in Japan, and Jordan Schnitzer Museum in Oregon. Ide is a current MFA candidate in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland.