I am interested in how histories of social movements, labor, and migration construct urban space, particularly as battlegrounds between communities of color and larger systems of capitalism and colonialism. I explore these ideas in the context of San Francisco, California, the city of my birth. San Francisco is a unique site of political experimentation, multiracial organizing, cultural production, and systemic inequity. Gentrification threatens the ability of communities of color not just to stay in their neighborhoods but to tell their alternative stories of the city. These conflicts over space and narrative are major themes in my work.
I work in visual media, primarily silkscreen and drawing. My use of silkscreen is rooted in the medium’s history as a tool of social protest, as well as in its potential to produce multiples, giveaways, and ephemera that can intervene in public space. I employ the vocabularies of revolutionary imagination and local vernacular to create historical, site-specific work. Through production, installation, and the artworks themselves, I hope to engage in intergenerational conversation with the Bay Area’s contested spaces and communities.
Colin Choy Kimzey is a culture worker born, raised, and based in San Francisco, California. He holds a BA in Art Practice from Stanford University. He was the recipient of the Community Arts Fellowship from the Institute for Diversity in the Arts in 2016 and the Alternative Exposure grant from Southern Exposure in 2017. He is an archivist for Kearny Street Workshop, curatorial coordinator for URBAN x INDIGENOUS, and project lead for Barangay Broadside, a youth silkscreen workshop collaboration with the South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN).