Tyler student Anna Trieu is looking for volunteers to help her create her BFA thesis performance on Friday, April 12:
Join us and be a part of this SOS performance piece to spread awareness to help others. This is a great opportunity to make a difference, make new friends, serve a worthy cause, and connect with the community. Food and drinks will be served after the performance.
WHAT: A performance piece where people will be standing together spelling out the symbol SOS to support for human rights.
WHY: To spread awareness about human rights in issues related to immigration, refugee, women, and LGBTQ rights.
WHEN: Friday, April 12, 2019 at 6pm
WHERE: Tyler School of Art in the courtyard area. (Located on Temple University’s main campus).
Address: 2001 North 13th Street Philadelphia, PA 19122
HOW: Once everyone shows up at Tyler School of Art around 6pm, the performance will start from the cafeteria area at 6:30pm where everyone will get into positions and be guided by a few coordinators out in the courtyard. Everyone will stand together for a duration of 15-20 minutes once the SOS symbol is complete.
MORE WHY: My senior thesis performance piece is driven by the experience and heritage of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants, this SOS performance piece aims to inspire a mission and vision in building a stronger society based on the principles of justice and equity for all. The performance takes an active approach that aims to support immigrants and refugees and other politically, socially, and economically marginalized communities as they seek to advance the conditions of their lives in America.
In 1986, my mother gathered my two older siblings in her arms, and hastily boarded a ship to escape the ravages of the Vietnam War. They were left stranded at sea for weeks, until they were rescued by a Thai freighter. People on board had tried to increase the visibility of the ship by waving flags made from the shirts on their backs, and some had laid down on the floor to spell out SOS with their bodies.
This performance is inspired by the events that my parents and others have experienced during their escape from Vietnam. Through their actions, they provided me the opportunity to live the life I am fortunate enough to live today. By sharing the story of the hardship they endured, I see a chance for myself to provide an opportunity to those around me, while simultaneously paying homage to my parents for their sacrifice.
The long-term goal of this performance is to strengthen and support the underserved communities of refugees and immigrants from around the world, and unite us all with other socially and economically marginalized communities as we all seek to advance the conditions of our lives. One of the major obstacles in the way of this advance is visibility, so what I envision for this performance is to bring light into the shadows of underrepresented people in the United States. Many people in this country know nothing of the hardships and atrocities experienced by refugees and immigrants on their way to make a better life here. Similarly, many people don’t know anything of what it’s like growing up as a minority, or growing up poor, or LGBTQ, or even growing up being told you’ll never amount to anything. I’m playing the role of the ship that rescued my mother and father and siblings after they cried out for help and visibility.
Please contact Anna for any questions by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or text: 610-999-0628.