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Special Event

Weekend 3: SOMA Pilipinas

Related Exhibition Pan American Unity
Part of Mini Mural Festival

Saturday, Aug 28–Sunday, Aug 29, 2021

11 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Howard Street Entrance outdoor corridor
(between Howard and Natoma Streets)

 
Free and open to the public.

Watch the artistic process unfold live this summer at the Mini Mural Festival! Three partner organizations will each host a festival weekend during which the local artists they’ve commissioned will paint 8’x8’ murals outdoors at SFMOMA. Live music, DJs, and other fun surprises will complement the art experience.

Weekend #3 is hosted by SOMA Pilipinas, featuring artists Franceska Gamez and Malaya Tuyay.

Schedule

Saturday, Aug 28
11 a.m.–4 p.m. Live mural painting with Franceska Gamez and Malaya Tuyay
Noon–4 p.m. DJ ET (Astig)
Noon–4 p.m. TNT Traysikel SideCaraoke
Noon–4 p.m. Food cart provided by Sarap Shop
Noon–4 p.m. Bay Area Walls artists Erina Alejo and Adrian L. Burrell video installation
1:30–2 p.m. Lakbai Diwa dance ceremony ritual by KULARTS

Sunday, Aug 29
11 a.m.–4 p.m. Live mural painting with Franceska Gamez and Malaya Tuyay
Noon–4 p.m. DJ ET (Astig)
Noon–4 p.m. TNT Traysikel SideCaraoke
Noon–4 p.m. Food cart provided by Sarap Shop
Noon–4 p.m. Bay Area Walls artists Erina Alejo and Adrian L. Burrell video installation
2:30–3:30 p.m. Bay Area Walls artists Erina Alejo and Adrian L. Burrell closing ceremony

About SOMA Pilipinas

SOMA Pilipinas is San Francisco’s Filipino Cultural Heritage District. Spanning 1.5 square miles, it honors the 120+ year history of Filipinos in San Francisco, and celebrates the community’s living legacy of making home, celebrating culture, building community, and fighting for economic and racial justice in the rapidly gentrifying South of Market neighborhood. It’s a place that connects the broader community to their stories as Filipinos in America and a living culture and community that’s conscious of history, yet embraces progress, working together, and moving forward in unity and vision.

About the Artists

Malaya Tuyay is from small-town Carpinteria, but now works and lives in the Bay Area. She channels the legacies of print and textile mediums to share her experience with trauma and her process of loving the different intersections of her queer mixed Pilpinx-American identity. She draws from her personal experience of losing her mother at a young age to create real and tactile objects out of grief. Her craftwork — particularly sewing and printmaking — is inspired by and in deference to the history of marginalized groups who often used these mediums to pass on their own stories, which are not retold or recognized in the canonical history classes of western institutions.

In exhibiting work, she seeks to initiate conversations with others in the process of defining their own identities and to bring people together to exchange personal histories and collectively empower each other to create a radically new world. She further embodies this ethos by mobilizing her art practice in support of mutual aid organizing in the Bay Area and international advocacy work supporting frontline environmental defenders in Mindanao, Philippines.

Franceska Gamez is a visual artist, born in Manila and raised in the Bay Area. You can find her painting murals, creating fully immersive installations, and detailed sculptures. Her work is characterized by an elegant blend of abstract and representational forms, layered with symbolism and full of life. Her murals are loud, rooted in storytelling, community collaboration, social practice, history, and advocacy. Her practice in the arts has led to dynamic bouts in carpentry, writing, curation, art conservation, community organization, and project management.

She is co-founder of 1810 Gallery and member of M5 Arts. Both organizations exist to advocate on behalf of working artists. She is a member of Trust Your Struggle, a collective of visual artists, educators, and cultural workers dedicated to social justice and community activism through art. Her artwork can be seen throughout California, the East Coast, and overseas in Europe and Southeast Asia. If she isn’t creating art, you can find her in Sacramento, seeking and building opportunities for other artists to share theirs.