Exhibition

After Hope: Videos of Resistance

On view March 11, 2023 through December 31, 2023

How does hope drive us to imagine new worlds? Through 54 short videos, spanning more than six hours in length, artists from across Asia explore the role of hope in contemporary art and activism. Organized by the Asian Art Museum, this immersive experience in PEM’s Jeffrey P. Beale Gallery illustrates how hope is a feeling, a wish and a privilege — something all of us are seeking, while also highlighting how hope is essential for survival and change.

Explore the idea of hope and its expressions, both fulfilled and unfulfilled, through the lenses and many perspectives of peoples across Asia, including those from Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Turkey and other underrepresented regions.

Accompanying the visual projection are drawings, photos, booklets and posters from international artists that provide additional context. Please note: Some material on view contains sensitive content. Viewer discretion advised.

After Hope: Videos of Resistance is organized by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco in collaboration with Padma Dorje Maitland. The exhibition at PEM is made possible by the generosity of Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation. Additional support was provided by individuals who support the Exhibition Incubation Fund: Jennifer and Andrew Borggaard, James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes, Kate and Ford O'Neil, and Henry and Callie Brauer. We also recognize the generosity of the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum.

TOP IMAGE Detail of selected works from After Hope: Videos of Resistance. Video stills. Courtesy of the artists. © 2022 Asian Art Museum.

Bepar (Hop), 2019, By Gazelle Samizay and Labkhand Olfatmanesh. Duration: 6 min. Courtesy of the artist.
Bepar (Hop), 2019, By Gazelle Samizay and Labkhand Olfatmanesh. Duration: 6 min. Courtesy of the artist.
Looking for Jiro, 2011, By Tina Takemoto. Duration: 5:45 min. Courtesy of the artist.
Looking for Jiro, 2011, By Tina Takemoto. Duration: 5:45 min. Courtesy of the artist.
The Pink City (How to survive: A Promotional Exhibition. Part 1), 2018, By Agil Abdullayev. Duration: 2:52 min. Courtesy of the artist.
The Pink City (How to survive: A Promotional Exhibition. Part 1), 2018, By Agil Abdullayev. Duration: 2:52 min. Courtesy of the artist.