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CAAM’s newest section is called FIRST LOOK. It’s your opportunity to learn about an upcoming project that will be released in the future.

As COVID-19 continues to impact the San Francisco Bay Area’s arts and cultural scene, we check in with our partners at the Asian Art Museum. CAAMFest’s Festival Director, Masashi Niwano, sits down with Abby Chen (Head of Contemporary Art, Senior Associate Curator) to talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic and changing social climate has impacted both organizations. Then Chen will present an exclusive preview of AFTER HOPE: VIDEOS OF RESISTANCE, their upcoming six-hour video pop up exhibition.

About AFTER HOPE: VIDEOS OF RESISTANCE: After Hope investigates “hope” as an emotion that drives us to imagine, represent, and create new worlds—or simply survive the one we currently inhabit. With the far-reaching impact of COVID-19, hope has become especially critical. Often associated with naiveté and unrealizable solutions, hope can also be a driving force for real change. The prompt to think “after” hope addresses the complex ways hope affects our

vision for the future and judgment of the past. What precedes hope, and what follows it? Bringing together a broad range of voices from across Asia and its diaspora, After Hope explores the nuances of hope through its expressions and legacies within contemporary art and activism.

After Hope: Videos of Resistance consists of a screening of more than fifty short, single-channel videos, drawn from recommendations by artists, curators, and organizations across the world. The result is a six-hour looping chronicle of hope that is eclectic in nature, rather than unified by a single narrative.

Co-presented by: Asian Art Museum

After Hope is co-organized with Padma D. Maitland, assistant professor of architectural history and theory at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.


Dates & Times


CAAMFest Site

Sat, Oct 17
2:00 pm