Those Who Talk Back

Those Who Talk Back exhibition - Protest banners hanging across a room with text reading "Too cute to be binary", "Aliens Welcome", "Dump Trump", among others.
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Those Who Talk Back:
Protest Banner Lending Library and U.S. Citizenship Test Sampler

Works by Aram Han Sifuentes
February 2 – April 6, 2018 | Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm


Aram Han Sifuentes’ Those Who Talk Back invites all to enter her interactive library, which houses the Protest Banner Lending Library, and U.S. Citizenship Test Samplers. In these works, fabric protest banners and samplers become a stand in for citizens, non-citizens, immigrants, the disenfranchised, and for those looking to voice their dissent and discontent, and hopes and aspirations for our world. For the duration of the exhibition, gallery visitors are free to check out and return protest banners.

Guided group tours available for a suggested donation of $50. To schedule a tour, contact Melissa Chen at


Related Events

  • Opening Reception: First Friday, February 2, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Artist Talk & Workshop: Saturday, February 10, 2 – 5 p.m.
  • Workshop: Saturday, March 17, 2 – 5 p.m.


Asian Arts Initiative is designed as a mobility accessible facility, with access to all public floors and spaces, and seating accommodations for programmed events. Both non-gendered and individually isolating restrooms are available on each floor, all equipped with changing stations. If contacted in advance, we will make every attempt to fulfill requests for reasonable accommodations such as vision/hearing auxiliary aids and cognitive disability guides. Please note: Due to most events being attended by the general public, we cannot guarantee accommodations for those with fragrance sensitivities. AAI is a family-friendly multigenerational space.