The Sequel"

March 30 - April 20, 2007
Gene Siskel Film Center
Chicago, IL

Can a copy of something be better than the original? Is it "just as ood?" Nowadays Hollywood and mass media sanctions the remake by constantly churning out sequels. A case in point is the plethora of Aisan cinema, animation and/or popular culture that is literally remade by Westerners and vice versa now inculcated into our collective consciousness so that each possess its own life or identity. But critics and pundits often stigmatize that which is copied unfairly as "unoriginal". To misquote the Iron Chef, "Which version reigns supreme?"

This exhibit will ask artists Gabriel Bizen Akagawa, C.C. Ann Chen (with Jason Dunda), Laura Kina, Samia Mirza, Chris Naka, Injung Oh, Peabe, Revise-CMW, Rule 34, Omar Vera, and Allison Yasukawa to "remake" favorite pre-existing works or classics to spark new dialogue of what is authentic or real versus fake or bogus depending on the different facets of constant reinterpretation and redefinition.

Laura Kina
(left and right)
C.C. Ann Chen and Jason Dunda (left to right)
In Jung Oh
Omar Vera (left and center)
In Jung Oh (right)
Samia Mirza (left)
Chris Naka (right)
Samia Mirza (center)
Gabriel Bizen Akagawa (right)