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Grandma Movements, Moments, and Mementos with Yoshie Sakai

This is a still image from the digital video artwork Bathroom Stall Tears Part 1 by artist Yoshie Sakai. In the image, Sakai is dressed as a younger version of herself (pictured on the left) and her grandmother (pictured on the right). The character on the left is situated in a bathtub with only her head visible and two bottles of soap placed on a small crevice of the wall. She is smiling while looking up at the character on the right. The character on the right is sitting on top of a toilet, and is dressed wearing a short sleeve patterned blouse, dark brown pants, and silver wig styled in a low bun. She has her hands folded in her lap with a slight smile on her face as she looks down at the character in the bathtub. To her right is a white cabinet, and to her left is a light pink colored towel.

Grandma Movements, Moments, and Mementos with Yoshie Sakai

This is a still image from the digital video artwork Bathroom Stall Tears Part 1 by artist Yoshie Sakai. In the image, Sakai is dressed as a younger version of herself (pictured on the left) and her grandmother (pictured on the right). The character on the left is situated in a bathtub with only her head visible and two bottles of soap placed on a small crevice of the wall. She is smiling while looking up at the character on the right. The character on the right is sitting on top of a toilet, and is dressed wearing a short sleeve patterned blouse, dark brown pants, and silver wig styled in a low bun. She has her hands folded in her lap with a slight smile on her face as she looks down at the character in the bathtub. To her right is a white cabinet, and to her left is a light pink colored towel.
Yoshie Sakai, "Bathroom Stall Tears Part I" (still), 2022. courtesy of the artist.

Saturday, July 30 at 1 PM PST

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Through immersive performance and video installations, Yoshie Sakai explores both the real and perceived family dynamics and intergenerational roles portrayed in popular culture. As part of a new body of work titled Grandma Entertainment Franchise, Sakai’s latest work for COLA 2022 honors and celebrates senior populations inspired by her own memories and experiences with the women in her family.

 

In this public program, learn more about Sakai’s latest work and participate in the storytelling of our grandparents and the elders we look up to through guided prompts inspired by the artist’s work.

 

This virtual program is free and open to all. Advance registration is required. Register here:

Additional Information:

This program includes a participatory portion. All are welcome to participate, have their cameras on or off, or listen. Recommended materials and the guided prompts are included below. This portion of the program will not be recorded.

 

Materials:

Whatever tools you have (pen, pencil, colored pencils, whiteboard, paper) and space to write and/or draw.

 

Prompts:

  1. Close your eyes and visualize your grandma/grandparent figure. They can be any grandparent figure who has made a lasting impression on you. If you don’t have a grandparent figure you can remember, imagine and see yourself interacting with your ideal imaginative grandparent (What were they wearing? How did they do their hair? What was their gait like? Their laugh? How do they show you their affection?) Please take 5 minutes to reminisce and write your thoughts down.
  2. Movement: Think about how you remember your grandma/grandparent figure moving. Please translate your interpretation of your grandma/grandparent figure’s movement with your body with whatever tools you have (pen, pencil, colored pencils, whiteboard). It can be as abstract or as representative as you wish. 
  3. Moments: Think about any inspirational and vital moments and stories with your grandma/grandparent figure. Write or draw these “moments” you remember with whatever tools you have (pen, pencil, colored pencils, whiteboard).
  4. Mementos: Think about an object or “memento” that reminds you of your grandma/grandparent figure. Write or draw the story you associate or interpret from this object.

As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities.

 

Reasonable accommodation or other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided upon request. To ensure availability, you are advised to make your request at least 72 hours prior to the meeting you wish you attend. Due to the difficulties in securing Sign Language Interpreters, five (5) or more business days notice is strongly recommended. For additional information, please contact the Gallery at lamag@lacity.org.

This is a still image from the digital video artwork Bathroom Stall Tears Part 1 by artist Yoshie Sakai. In the image, Sakai is dressed as a younger version of herself (pictured on the left) and her grandmother (pictured on the right). Both characters are lying down next to each other in a bed underneath the covers of blankets. Their heads are slightly angled towards one another. The top blanket has a floral pattern in neutral shades of taupe, blue, green and red and yellow, while the bottom blanket and pillowcases are a bright yellow color. A dark wooden bed frame is also visible in the image, as well as the nightstand on the right with a lamp. At the bottom of the image is a white colored caption that reads, "Obaa-chan, thank you for always making the “ofuro” (bath) for me.”.

Yoshie Sakai, “Bathroom Stall Tears Part I” (still), 2022. courtesy of the artist.