In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month and to help highlight the need to address the recent violence against the AAPI community, Voqal recently commissioned artwork from artist, Eda Yu. The artwork and a brief statement from the artist are below.
how wood ash refertilizes the earth is a work by Eda Yu that interrogates whether or not there has really ever been a safe space for Asians in America. Featuring photography by Ash Alexander, the work uses negative space and movement to illustrate the ebb and flow of how Asians were given and then had land taken away from them throughout U.S. history. In a year of staggering anti-Asian violence, this piece aims to remind folks that safety is something Asian Americans have always been, and must keep, fighting for — everywhere we are.
The words and design of the above artwork were created by Eda Yu, who can be found on Instagram @edacyu. The photos were taken by Ash Alexander, who can be found on Instagram @ashalexander.studio. Also, a special thanks to The Center For Cultural Power for helping make this artwork possible.
You can also view this art in PDF format by clicking here.