Making Time is a mixed media exhibition by artist Bianca Nozaki-Nasser that uses dreaming to restore queer time in the archive. The works are inspired by Trinh Minh-ha’s practice of “speaking nearby.” To “speak nearby” is to acknowledge the difficulty and futility of attempting to represent everyone’s experience. These works use a speculative methodological approach as an invitation to begin to build a more liberated present and future. 

Making Time will be on view at the William Grant Still Arts Center from October 7-November 4, 2023. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00 PM-5:00 PM. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, October 7, 3:00-6:00 PM.

In addition to the works, audiences can join artists and community organizers Bianca Nozaki-Nasser, Leslie Foster (Level Ground), Monica Bailey (William Grant Still Arts Center) and Umi Hsu (One Institute) for a community discussion on speculative archiving and the power of dreaming as a practice. The community discussion will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2023, 3:00-4:30 PM at William Grant Still Arts Center, 2520 S West View St, Los Angeles, CA 90016.

Participant Bios

Bianca Nozaki-Nasser (she/they) is an artist, designer, and educator working with visual and interactive media to understand, critique, and reimagine social systems of power. Born to a Syrian-Lebanese father and Japanese American mother, her creative practice and research often investigate transnational culture, material language, and the politics of artifacts. Currently, Bianca is the Strategy & Creative Director at 18MR. She is also an assistant professor at the ArtCenter of College and Design and has guest lectured at Duke, Harvard, CUNY, The New School, and elsewhere. She has held artist residencies in Los Angeles and New York and has worked as a consultant and facilitator for various organizations. Her writing has appeared in Disegno Journal (London) and Het Nieuwe Instituut (Rotterdam).

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This exhibition and program are organized by Bianca Nozaki-Nasser as part of the 2023 Circa: Queer Histories Festival, presented by One Institute. William Grant Still Arts Center is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

  • Formed in 1925, DCA promotes arts and culture as a way to ignite a powerful dialogue, engage LA’s residents and visitors, and ensure LA’s varied cultures are recognized, acknowledged, and experienced. DCA’s mission is to strengthen the quality of life in Los Angeles by stimulating and supporting arts and cultural activities, ensuring public access to the arts for residents and visitors alike.

  • Founded in 1977, William Grant Still Arts Center is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs offering summer camp, creative workshops, music and art classes for adults and youth, an exhibition space, concerts, and places for community meetings and the neighborhood to come together.