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Phung Huynh - Projects - Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Comisión Femenil patches from the Sobrevivir Community Quilt series, designed by Gloria Molina, 2021. Courtesy of Phung Huynh and the LA County Department of Arts and Culture.

Phung Huynh: Sobrevivir

SEPTEMBER 17, 2022 – FEBRUARY 18, 2023

In 2018, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors apologized to more than 200 mothers of Mexican descent who were forcefully sterilized at the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center between 1968-1974. To publicly express this apology, the LA County Department of Arts and Culture commissioned artist Phung Huynh to create a permanent outdoor sculpture honoring the resilience of the survivors – to remember the histories of women whose narratives have been historically repressed. The name of the artwork is Sobrevivir, which translates to survive, to keep alive.

Phung Huynh: Sobrevivir activates the museum as a convening space for intergenerational dialogue about reproductive justice and community healing. Original artworks and design renderings tell the story of the monument’s fabrication, while an ongoing series of patchwork quilts created by artists, advocates, and supporters engages with the history of forced sterilization on a personal and collective level. Additional programming developed with reproductive justice advocates will examine this traumatic history and its repercussions in communities of color today.

Phung Huynh  (b. 1977, Vietnam) is a Los Angeles-based artist who works primarily in drawing, painting, and public art. She received her BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design and her MFA in Studio Art from New York University. She has exhibited her work nationally and completed public art commissions for the Metro Orange Line, Metro Silver Line, the Los Angeles Zoo, and the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. She currently serves as Professor of Art at Los Angeles Valley College. Huynh is represented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Generous support for this project is provided through grants from the California Arts Council and California Humanities. All exhibitions and programs at the Vincent Price Art Museum are underwritten by the Vincent Price Art Museum Foundation and East Los Angeles College.

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