Both Sides Now

"Face coverings are highly encouraged for all visitors. This encouragement comes from the Performing Arts & Arts Leadership and the Art, Art History, and Design Departments as an added precaution to create space for ALL members of the community to enjoy this exhibit."

Tara Tamaribuchi
Rodrigo Valenzuela
Samantha Wall

Gallery Curator: Arielle Simmons

October 20, 2022 - January 5, 2023
Wednesday-Saturday, 1-6 pm

Artist Talk with curator Arielle Simmons and featured artists
October 21, 2022  4-5 pm | Hedreen Gallery

Opening reception:
October 21, 2022 5:00-8:00 pm
| Hedreen Gallery

 (Left to right: Camouflage Net Project, Tara Tamaribuchi; Transmission, Samantha Wall, 2022; Prole, Rodrigo Valenzuela, 2015)


In their specific articulations, Tara Tamaribuchi, Rodrigo Valenzuela, and Samantha Wall bring a broader American experience of cultural belonging to life. This young country, created through immigration, borders, and colonization, means Both Sides Now is a story touching every family. Generation after generation, we re-negotiate who belongs and who does not. Through their art, Tamaribuchi, Valenzuela, and Wall speak to the elusive sense of identity in the immigrant experience, integral and unprescribed by a singular homeland. From unique vantage points, their evocative works create tangible realities of emotional complexities.

Tara Tamaribuchi has built a Camouflage Net, referencing the forced labor in Japanese Internment Camps on American soil during World War II. Beautiful woven kimonos replace the war-time fabric of battlefield armor, in a reclamation of culture that sheds light rather than hides. Rodrigo Valenzuela’s video Prole documents migrant workers discussing unionization. The topic, ripe for our city and moment, invokes notions of the American work ethic, questioning at what point rights are earned. Turning inwards, Samantha Wall engages both the Korean folklore and Eurocentric mythologies of her ancestors, to detangle how stories inform our behavior and what it looks like to be split among cultures.

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About the Artists: 

Tara Tamaribuchi

Tara Tamaribuchi is an artist based in Seattle, WA.  Her practice focuses on several different but related projects in installation to drawing to social practice.  Recent exhibitions include the Camouflage Net Project at (Galpão, São Paulo, Brazil), Awakening the Buddha(teaching artist intervention at SeattleAsian Art Museum), and the first showing ofGroove Bardos(Mass MoCA). This past year, she has been leading an effort to save more than 100 Seattle art studios from redevelopment at the Inscape Arts Building, the former INS immigration and detention center in the Seattle Chinatown-International District.  As an artist, she has been building support from city, county, state and federal leaders, and working on creative placemaking with community at the intersection of art, immigration history, and the C-ID neighborhood.  She holds an MFA in Visual Art from Lesley Art+Design, a BFA in Painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art, and a BA in Journalism from George Washington University. 

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Rodrigo Valenzuela

Rodrigo Valenzuela (b.Santiago, Chile 1982) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, where he is the Associate Professor and Head of the Photography Department at UCLA. Valenzuela has been awarded the 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography and Smithsonian Artist Research Fel-lowship; Joan Mitchell award for painters and sculptors; Art Matters Foundation grant; and Artist trust Innovators Award. Recent solo exhibitions include: New Museum, NY; Lisa Kandl-hofer Galerie, Vienna, AU; Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene; Orange County Museum; Portland Art Museum; Frye Art Museum, Seattle. Recent residencies include: Core Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; MacDowell Colony; Bemis Center for contemporary arts; Lightwork; and the Center for Photography at Woodstock.

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Samantha Wall

Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Samantha Wall immigrated to the United States as a child.  She received her BFA from The University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC and her MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR.  Her work has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions regionally and nationally.  Wall is the recipient of awards and grants from organizations including the Oregon Arts Commission; Portland, Oregon’s Regional Arts & Culture Council; The Ford Family Foundation; and The Joan Mitchell Foundation.  She was also selected for the Portland Art Museum’s Contemporary Northwest Art Awards 2016, the winner of the Arlene Schnitzer Prize, and recently the winner of the 2022 Bonnie Bronson Award.   Wall has completed commissions for Oregon State University’s Cascade Camps in Bend, OR, and for the Facebook AIR Program, Redmond, WA. 

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About the Curator:

photograph of curator Arielle Simmons against a black background with a hand pulling back long hair.

photo by Janette Casolary

Arielle Simmons

Galleries Curator, Hedreen and Vachon Galleries
Adjunct Professor, Art, Art History and Design Program 

Arielle Simmons holds a degree in Communications Studies from Emerson College, attended the New England School of Photography, and is a graduate of Seattle University's MFA Arts Leadership Program.  Her French mother and American father raised her surrounded by art and artists in South Carolina. From her parents, she adopted the development and programming of a long-running artistic retreat to a family home in the Jura Mountains of France. Working as a photographer for the past decade, she exhibited in solo and group shows across the country, including: Photo LA, The Light Room, and was a Critical Mass Finalist. Current research includes the ethical praxis of curation and documentary photography as well as the aesthetics and performance of gender.

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Hedreen Gallery

Lee Center for the Arts (CNFA)

Open Wednesday through Saturday from 1-6pm