Throughout the year of 2020, we held virtual space for ongoing, in-depth conversations among eight artists from Beijing and Washington, DC. The project was produced by majority Asians, as well as BIPOC folks. Despite the travel ban, twelve hour time difference, and language barriers, this project facilitated the artists making genuine connections on a human level and creatively collaborating to represent the globe as a large “Empathy Zone.”
To purchase the zine please visit: Domestique website The zine is $20 (plus shipping). All proceeds go to VisArts at Rockville, where nearly a quarter of the population is Asian American, to cultivate more inclusive community building through the arts.
We thank everyone who helped make this project come to life.
第三部分：创作未来 Part III: Envision
创作者畅想“同感地带”的未来 Creator’s Final Responses to Envisioning the Empathy Zone
安东尼奥·迈克菲 Antonio McAfee
“Such stars are rotating, mostly ‘unenlightened,’ but surrounded by a medium with bright patches that are both irregular in size and in movement.”
– Can you see them?
– Right over there, follow my finger.
– They’re looking at each other like this is the first time they have seen each other.
段少锋 Duan Shaofeng
These are some of my 2020 feelings as “empathy”–after all these are real feelings,
as for what counts as real, I think desires and deaths are real,
and it’s the complicated emotions intertwined in these events that make them real. Therefore the birth of “empathy” is emotional, and art as a universal visual language is a way of empathizing
索比亚·阿马德 Sobia Ahmad
“我们的当下碰撞交错, 抑制着我们的脆弱。要知道——他们也许有深有浅; 他们的存在,都是一样的。”
殷雅迪 Yin Yadi
大杉尚子 Naoko Wowsugi
李琳琳 Li Linlin
Dreams are like traps
Persistence and perseverance are just aesthetics
We are not here to be consumed by popular culture
There’s nothing else to look at outside the window, except for the sinking sun
There will be bread
I have had fears for tomorrow
Flashing flashlight reveals the color of the sky
Lighting a candle in a dark room, I see light
Make sure you lock the door
乔瑟夫·奥尔佐 Joseph Orzal
耶苏 Ye Su
Please pick a piece of news from 2020 that meant the most to you and send links or pictures to Ye Su firstname.lastname@example.org. Su will turn the collected news into a printed newspaper.