APRICITY: BREAKING THE GLASS

OVERVIEW

APRICITY: the warmth of the sun in winter

— Definition from Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Discrimination is the prejudicial treatment of individuals and communities based on characteristics such as race, gender, disability and/or sexual orientation. Systems of oppression deeply impact marginalized communities. The exponential increase in hate crimes in recent years attests to the effects and consequences of people’s detrimental beliefs, hastening the need to combat our country’s inherent bigotry. 

 

Whether it is our country’s systemic processes or our culture, discrimination is still deeply embedded in our everyday lives. At Zora, we believe that social justice advocacy through creative mediums helps fight prejudice by highlighting different perspectives and experiences through artistic means.

Metaphorically, "apricity" represents our new generation of changemakers. Through our work this year, we hope to not only inform our communities about a range of social discriminatory issues but also help construct a more holistic and positive narrative around the importance of community awareness as well as the humanity of those combating discriminatory challenges. As we work to lift up community narratives, we intend to break archetypes perpetuated by society and ​apricate in ​the light of the ​hope​ for social equity.

Intro to Social Discrimination

Individuals and communities may be discriminated against because of their race/ethnicity, sex/gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, nationality and origin, language, culture, political beliefs and on many other grounds. Discrimination can also occur in many different ways: direct, indirect, harassment and victimization.

A selection of social discrimination categories are described further below.

Racial and Ethnic Discrimination

Racism is a constructed ideology that determines an individual's inherent traits and abilities based on their racial and ethnic membership. Racism affects every country in the world as it systemically denies people their full human right to equity and opportunity because of the color of their skin, descent and/or national origin.

The Covid-19 pandemic brought racial discrimination in the United States to the spotlight as the murder of George Floyd and the surge in Anti-AAPI violence instigated subsequent Black Lives Matter protests and the international Stop Asian Hate movement. It is of uttermost importance to keep racial justice at the forefront of social justice advocacy given that racism unchecked can fuel unimaginable atrocities such as the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

Disability Discrimination

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LGBTQ+ Discrimination

The LGBTQ community faces not only the discrimination, harassment, and violence of others but also the many legal barriers to being able to live freely. There currently exists many obstacles for the LGBTQ community in areas including but not limited to: parenting (ex. the ability to adopt); legalization of marriages; the lack of nondiscrimination protections and general rights (ex. discrimination in employment, housing, and public places including restrooms).

Religious Discrimination

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Gender Discrimination

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Featured Artwork

United Fight by Katelyn Wang
United Fight - Katelyn Wang

Artist Statement:

I created this piece in the midst of the Stop Asian Hate movement. At one of the protests, the sight of all the diverse youth coming together inspired me: I was motivated by the power of our voices. I wanted to capture this sense of community, cooperation, and connection through art. Thus, I spent the next few weeks asking people around my community (neighbors, school teachers, peers) for their newspapers. With all these newspapers, I sourced through them to find headlines and stories that addressed the issue of Asian hate crimes. I cut out pieces regarding Asian-American legislation, stories about violence, reports of prosecution, narrations from Chinatown visitors, etc,. Those pieces formed the background of my work. Then, I painted my friends and I at the Stop Asian Hate rally to depict our fight and unity in pushing for the end of Asian hate crimes. Lastly, I highlighted the universal message of by art through pen work. To show that our struggle for equality reflected a broader fight that impacted communities across the nation, I depicted several American symbols: the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, the White House.

This piece allowed me to connect with others in the community and portray the unity found in this fight against injustice. As an Asian-American, my community's culture and livelihood is under attack. I remember reading through news articles on my laptop and feeling a surge of anger: I was frustrated that people in my community--people similar to my parents, sister, grandparents, peers--had to deal with such hate. I felt as if the world had turned a cold shoulder on me. To cope with my anger, I turned to art: stripping the headlines from those newspapers allowed me to feel that I could shape these instances of hate into advocacy for change. My art motivated me to act within my community and find the common humanity that lay between me and others. The issue of inequality is important because such issues can only be defeated with unity. At the protest, it inspired me to see other people of color, fellow Asian-Americans, and peers of all ages in support of stopping Asian hate crimes. Having the backing of others made me realize that I had supporters and that my anger was valid---all of which is portrayed in my art piece.

Fine Art Gallery

Work Series

Chained Freedom

Fashion Design by Alice Wang

In this piece titled "Chained Freedom" the gold color symbolizes the liberation of mind, and the red color of the dress represents strength and power, coming from the red lipstick worn by the Suffragettes. The wings, which often symbolize freedom, are folded inwards and are constrained by two chains fixing them in place. The wire form on the body also speaks to social constraints. The letter "I" in the middle of the forehead represents those individuals who are already liberated, while the word "WE" on the wings, represents the greater society. After all, while the mind of an individual or smaller groups of people can be liberated, we can not be truly free when discrimination and biases towards women still exists.