Manifest Hope Gallery at the Democratic National Convention

Agree or disagree with Barack Obama’s policies, he has done something that has caused numerous artists to practically idolize him and reproduce him in visual form. Amongst the most famous is probably one image that has been used somewhat ad nauseum, and that is the rendition of Obama shown below, crafted by Obey Giant creator, Shepard Fairey.

Obama fans will rejoice loudly. There will soon be a Manifest Hope Gallery on display from August 24 through August 28 at the Democratic National Convention. The gallery will be housed within Denver’s Andenken Gallery, and an additional transformed warehouse space, which spans 10,000 sq. ft, will be included as well. Dozens of artists will take part, including Alex Pardee, David Choe, Elizabeth Rosen, and Zina Saunders.

All this goes hand in hand with our coverage of artwork made by supporters of presidential candidates back in Spring 2008… seems like Obama is the favored candidates of artists, hands down.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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