CURATED BY REA LYNN DE GUZMAN
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
(This exhibit was on view from January – April 2023.) The immigrant, immortal, Wonder Woman embodies iconic feminine strength in the DC comic series. As an Amazonian-American fictional heroine, she blends into a foreign society to promote justice, peace and truth. Correspondingly, many women-of-color artists with immigrant backgrounds evoke Wonder Woman-esque qualities in their contemporary artistic practices by addressing issues of immigration, misrepresentation, stereotypes, cultural conflict and feelings of acceptance or intolerance with an honest voice to fight for equity. Wander Woman 3 features works by eight Bay Area women-of-color artists, who vary in professional backgrounds from emerging to established and whose works explore complex immigrant themes coming from diverse perspectives.
Blanca Estela Rodríguez
Rea (pron. RAY-uh) Lynn de Guzman is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, educator and community organizer based in the Bay Area. Born in Manila, Philippines, she immigrated to the United States at age 14. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has exhibited work in the US, and internationally in Australia, India and the Philippines. De Guzman’s work explores psychological and socio-political themes surrounding liminal identity, cultural assimilation, and the Filipinx diaspora, tempered by her experience as a Filipina immigrant living in the United States.
The JCCSF is proud to present this exhibition as a part of our Reimagine Freedom series, a collection of programming in celebration of Passover when we recount the story of the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt and subsequent decades-long wandering through the desert. Through storytelling, sharing meals and asking big questions about our world, the holiday challenges us to radically empathize and identify with those escaping dangerous and oppressive places, while also prompting us to reflect on what it takes to have freedom in our own lives and communities.
Thanks you to our generous funders:
Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund
National Endowment for the Arts
Power in Partnership Fund
Taube PhilanthropiesWalter and Elise Haas Fund