Sunshine Velasco

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Queer Trans Community Action #2, April 17, 2014. Photo by Sunshine Velasco.
A proud Oakland resident, I was born in the Philippines and grew up in Milpitas, California; the daughter and granddaughter of Pilipino immigrants. I am a queer-identified Pilipina who pushes social and political boundaries through portraits, fine art, and documentary projects. My images have been featured in daily newspapers such Asian News and The Roundup-News, web outlets mattblack.com and makeshiftmag.com, presented at Betti Ono Gallery and published in Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Magazine and MakeShift Magazine.

Artist Statement

My images evoke who you really are, the voice of your story, the different shades of your dreams, the truth of your everyday life. The lens captures the voices of those who share their own experiences with me. The raw, the grainy, the gritty; the movement, the angle, the music. I invite you to experience this beautiful journey, to see your reflection in my visions, to embody the fullness and richness of our lives as I share my experience with you.

Exhibited Work

3rd World Activist unite in Solidarity for Black Lives Matter #4

2014
Digital photography
8” x 12”

3rd World Activist unite in Solidarity for Black Lives Matter #5

2014
Digital photography
8” x 12”

Mike Brown Action #1

2014
Digital photography
8” x 12”

Mike Brown Action #2

2014
Digital photography
8” x 12”

Mike Brown Action #4

2014
Digital photography
8” x 12”

Million Man March #4

2014
Digital photography
8” x 12”

Queer and Trans Community Action #7

2015
Digital photography
8” x 12”

Queer and Trans Community Action #8

2015
Digital photography
8” x 12”

Martin Luther King March #3

2015
Digital photography
8” x 12”

Martin Luther King March #4

2015
Digital photography
11” x 14”

Solidarity march with Gaza, San Francisco #1

2014
Digital photography
11” x 14”

Solidarity march with Gaza, San Francisco #2

2014
Digital photography
11” x 14”

Solidarity march with Gaza, San Francisco #3

2014
Digital photography
11” x 14”

Solidarity march with Gaza, San Francisco #4

2014
Digital photography
11” x 14”

Movement in Motion #1

2014
Digital photography
11” x 14”

Movement in Motion #2

2014
Digital photography
11” x 14”

About this Article

This article was originally created as part of SOMArts Cultural Center's Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces. To learn how to add or edit content please visit the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism's online History Collection Lab.

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