The artist Sakai among the recipients of scholarships from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs

The adoption of personas is a hallmark of Yoshie Sakai’s work.

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has announced the recipients of the City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowships 2021/22.

These nine scholarship recipients will each produce a unique series, set or new work of art with a grant of $ 10,000. These original works will be created and promoted by the City in spring 2022 as part of the 25th edition of this annual initiative.

“The city of Los Angeles is one of the few municipalities in the world to proudly offer scholarships to accomplished avant-garde artists, designating them as valued residents and increasing their mid-career productivity by sponsoring new fabrications that deepen their arcs of creativity, ”said Joe Smoke, director of DCA’s grants administration division. “As a service to the public, these fellows will be promoted in a beautiful digital catalog available in June 2022. A limited edition print of this publication will also be distributed to municipal libraries, national art schools and international museums.”

The COLA 2021/22 Individual Fellowship Artists in Literature, Performing, Design and Visual Arts are: Literary and Performing Artists – Najite Agindotan, Suchi Branfman, Shonda Buchanan, Jibz Cameron; Design and Visual Artists – Nancy Baker Cahill, Sharon Louise Barnes, York Chang, Danny Jauregui, Yoshie Sakai.

Each of these scholarship recipients has demonstrated an exemplary career path. Each has contributed over 15 years of professional public presentations in the Los Angeles area. Additionally, these artists are highly respected by their peers due to their ongoing creative efforts and contributions to the community.

The fellows were chosen through multiple reviews by a multidisciplinary peer group, including a museum curator, three former COLA scholarship recipients, two independent local curators, a famous solo artist, and a literary arts organization director.

COLA is one of 12 grant categories offered annually by DCA, and all categories honor the synergistic relationship between Los Angeles and its creative entrepreneurs, the specter of our collective cultural history, and the city’s status as a global hub. of creative talent. .

Yoshie Sakai

Sakai is a video, installation and performance artist. Her past and present work has always created a challenging environment that embodies her love-hate relationship with consumerism and pop culture and how they simultaneously perpetuate ecstasy and extreme anxiety in everyday life. The style of his performative video work and immersive installations reveals it via a mixture of childish wonder and humor with a dark psychological and social current obtained through low-fi green screen techniques and costumes, props. and DIY decorations.

She plays with exaggerated melodramatic television tropes in her videos, and the corresponding colorful and vibrant installations are equally exaggerated. Her work at first glance may seem like a YouTube parody and conflicting with creating something of impact, but for her, exploring that fine line is where the most meaning is created.

Yoshie Sakai

“I am extremely honored and thrilled to be a part of this cohort of Los Angeles artists who have been awarded one of nine COLA Individual Artist Awards for 2021-2022,” said Sakai ** The Rafu Shimpo. ** It was good news to recognize. as an artist who makes a difference on the Los Angeles art scene.

“This scholarship means so much to me at a pivotal moment in my artistic trajectory and exactly when I am about to embark on a new job. My work, which has always focused on the everyday and generational differences of views within his family (mostly mine, as a Japanese American) and its interrelation with pop culture and capitalism. , will further explore these family and societal / social aspects. dynamic through my conversations with my grandparents, those of other members of the community and my own.

“I have to say though that the focus will be on the bond between grandchildren, parents and grandmothers, as I had a special one with my ** Obaa-chan ** (” grandma ” in Japanese).”

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As a leading progressive arts and culture agency, DCA enables vibrant Los Angeles communities to support and provide access to quality visual, literary, musical, performing and educational arts programming; the management of vital cultural centers; preserve historic sites; creation of public art; and funding services provided by arts organizations and individual artists.

Formed in 1925, DCA promotes the arts and culture as a way to initiate a powerful dialogue, engage LA residents and visitors, and ensure that LA’s diverse cultures are recognized, recognized and experienced. DCA’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in Los Angeles by stimulating and supporting artistic and cultural activities, ensuring public access to the arts for residents and visitors.

DCA advances the social and economic impact of arts and culture through the provision of grants; public art; community arts; performing arts; and strategic marketing, development, design and digital research. DCA creates and supports arts programs, maximizing relationships with other city agencies, artists, and nonprofit arts and culture organizations to provide excellent service to neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

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