We’ve Been Here: Expressing the Narratives of Our Local Communities


Opening Reception: November 17th, 2016, 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
Exhibition: November 17th – January 26, 2017
Gallery Hours: 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Location: The Art Gallery at San Francisco State University is located in the Cesar Chavez Student Center Building on the Terrace Level (T-Level, 3rd floor) across from Jack Adams Hall.

We’ve Been Here focuses on ground-level documentative film and photographic work. The unique lens of each artist exposes a glimpse into life in the Bay Area, and more importantly, brings the narratives of its people to the center frame. Wielding documentation as a tool for community expression and storytelling, each visual piece provides underrepresented communities with a medium to chronicle their lived experiences in relation to social justice organizing and activism, resilience, empowerment and healing. The artistry of each still and moving image display a dynamic archive of first-hand accounts to honor the memory of one’s roots and intersecting identities as essential to defining what is called “home.” Together, the histories of the Bay Area people echo the verity of We’ve Been Here.


Rucha Chitnis
Ilka Hartmann
Joel Angel Juarez
Shane Menez
Lala Openi
Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie

Performing Artists:
Chulita Vinyl Club, Bay Area

Special Thanks:
The Richard Oakes Multicultural Center (ROMC)
Sharon Bliss & Mark Johnson (The Fine Arts Gallery)

Exhibition Curated by The ASI Art Gallery Team:
Topher Maka, Director
Renae Moua, Assistant Director
Anh Bui, Gallery Assistant
Ewart Bungo Jr., Gallery Assistant
Javier Etchegaray, Gallery Assistant


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