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Shizu Saldamando

On Mourning and Representation

A colored pencil drawing of a person in a black sweatshirt and hat, squatting low over a pink background.
La Mina, Shizu Sal­damando, col­ored pen­cil on paper 2018, 40×32 inches. 

Thursday, November 11, 2021
8:00 pm


Virtual Event


Penny Stamps Speaker Series
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Open to the public
Free of charge

Shizu Sal­damando is an LA based Japanese/​Latinx Amer­i­can mixed media artist whose por­traits give vis­i­bil­ity to urban youth, part of sub­cul­tures and coun­ter­cul­tures. She has explored por­trai­ture for two decades, cap­tur­ing images of real peo­ple, her friends from the punk scenes in San Francisco’s Mis­sion Dis­trict, and those in the cre­ative com­mu­nity in LA. Pri­mar­ily con­cerned with por­trai­ture and draw­ings, she exper­i­ments with a broad range of sur­faces and mate­ri­als from wood pan­els to bed sheets. Saldamando’s prac­tice employs tat­too­ing, video, paint­ing and draw­ing on can­vas, wood, paper, and cloth, and func­tions as homage to peers and loved ones. Her mother’s fam­ily is Japan­ese Amer­i­can and sur­vivors of the Japan­ese Amer­i­can Intern­ment camps. Her father is a Chi­cano from Nogales, AZ.

A selec­tion of her solo exhi­bi­tions include LA Inter­sec­tions, Oxy Arts, High­land Park, CA; When You Sleep: A Sur­vey of Shizu Sal­damando, Vin­cent Price Art Museum, Mon­terey Park, CA; All Tomorrow’s Par­ties, Moore Col­lege of Art and Design, Philadel­phia, PA; and Too Return, Char­lie James Gallery in Los Ange­les, CA. Selected group exhi­bi­tions include: Phan­tom Sight­ings at Los Ange­les County Museum of Art; Por­traits of the Encounter, Smith­son­ian National Por­trait Gallery, Trans-Pacific Bor­der­lands, part of the Getty Pacific Stan­dard Time ini­tia­tive at the Japan­ese Amer­i­can National Museum, Los Ange­les, CA; We Must Risk Delight: Twenty Artists from Los Ange­les, an offi­cial col­lat­eral exhi­bi­tion of the Venice Bien­nale; Draw­ing the Line at Museum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, San Diego, CA and The High Art of Rid­ing Low at the Petersen Auto­mo­tive Museum, Los Ange­les, CA. She is rep­re­sented by Char­lie James Gallery in Los Angeles.

Shizu Saldamando’s work is on view at the Insti­tute for the Human­i­ties (Suite 1111, 202 S. Thayer St.) from Novem­ber 2 through Decem­ber 102021.

How to Watch

This Penny Stamps Speaker Series event will pre­mière on Novem­ber 11, 2021 at 8pm and can be viewed on this page, at dptv​.org, or on the Penny Stamps Series Face­book page.

Pre­sented in part­ner­ship with the Insti­tute for the Human­i­ties. Our Fall 2021 Series is brought to you with the sup­port of our part­ners, Detroit Pub­lic Tele­vi­sion and PBS Books.