Land Grab is a series of interventions that examine battles over territory and influence at the local and global level. Tourism, the service industry, and the American dream serve as the framing devices for works that mine — and undermine — constantly shifting dynamics of power. This taxonomy of mundane acts plays with charismatic resistance to the neutralization and domestication of so-called lesser social actors as they work to hustle a new kind of truth.
Allison Yasukawa is a multidisciplinary visual artist and educator. She holds an MFA in Studio Arts and an MA in TESOL/Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her studio practice, Allison explores themes of social encounter, the physical body, and the politics and performance of identity. Her work has been exhibited at spaces including Gallery 400, Chicago; NEXT Art Fair, Chicago; and University Galleries, Normal, IL. Allison lives in Baltimore and works at the Maryland Institute College of Art.