VisArts Galleries Presents Empathy Zone

By Editorial Team on March 1, 2021
Courtesy of VisArts Galleries.
On view through March 26, 2021.

Globalization is a double-edged sword. While accelerating urbanization and modernization, it also exacerbates conflicts and social issues particularly in the ways immigrants and outsider/marginalized groups are confronted with increasing living costs and other unaffordable living pressures. These ongoing problems are only compounded by crises, such as COVID-19.

A cross-cultural artistic exchange project, Empathy Zone, critically addresses these various issues from the perspectives of eight independent artists living and working in two capital cities, Beijing and DC. In addition to cultural differences, these two capital cities are located in polar opposite places, with twelve hour’s time difference. A virtual exhibition runs through March 26, 2021, and the Empathy Zone blog is updated every Friday with new artwork.

The participating artists from China are Li Linlin, Duan Shaofeng, Ye Su, and Yin Yadi. The artists from the U.S. are Sobia Ahmad, Antonio McAfee, Joseph Orzal, and Naoko Wowsugi.

This project is a partnership with Contemporary Art Mover (CAM), based in Beijing, and VisArts in Rockville, MD. Learn more about the project here.

About VisArts
VisArts is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to transform individuals and communities through the visual arts and a vision of a vibrant, diverse community enriched and connected by the visual arts. Each year, VisArts serves more than 30,000 children, teens and adults through our arts education, exhibitions, and studio artist programs. Through these efforts, we strive to provide individuals with an opportunity to express their ideas, broaden their talents, and enrich their lives through the visual arts. Building inclusive audiences overlays each of our programmatic priorities, from attracting diverse audiences to our gallery exhibitions and educational programs, to engaging and supporting a wider community of artists, to offering scholarships and waived participation fees in order to increase access.  Visit the website.

VisArts Gallery Hours:

  • Monday through Friday: 12 – 4 PM

VisArts at Rockville is located three blocks from the Rockville Metro station at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD.