Episode 17: Gabby Miller

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Episode 17: Gabby Miller

By Weston Teruya September 22, 2017

Weston Teruya welcomes artists, arts administrators, and cultural workers of color to get real about their lives, practices, and careers. Each episode is an in-depth look into how art gets made, but more importantly how these folks are seeing to the system of art’s (UN)making.


In this episode of the podcast, we talk with artist, educator, and cultural organizer Gabby Miller. Gabby’s work often utilizes remnants from the global transportation of goods--including the corrugated sides of steel shipping containers and crude oil--to examine imperialism, climate change, war, family history, and the movement of capital and people. In her recent projects, she also occasionally juxtaposes this evidence of the international supply chain with spaces for contemplation and communal exchange, whether room for meditation or a shared gallery on a cargo ship. We discuss how she started creating work in Hanoi with the Nha San Collective, climate change, and how meditative practice intersects with her deconstruction of global capitalism.

Gabby’s first solo exhibition in the Bay Area, Second Sleep will be on view at the Luggage Store in San Francisco from September 15–October 21. Her projects can be found at gabby-miller.com.

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Gabby Miller is a Bay Area artist who has also lived and worked extensively in Hanoi, Vietnam where she has organized projects with Nha San Collective and The Queer Forever Festival.

She has created work for the Artesterium project in Tbilisi, Georgia, co-organized the IN:ACT Performance Art Symposium in Hanoi, and exhibited at the Luggage Store, Museum of Capitalism, Boston Center for the Arts, and Random Parts Gallery. Much of her recent work has built upon her experiences during a three-week artist residency aboard a cargo ship traveling from Oakland to China. Gabby is also an educator and youth worker, having worked with groups including Oxbow School in Napa, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, and the San Francisco Friends School. Gabby has a degree in Anthropology from Reed College and will be embarking on her M.F.A. studies at University of California, Irvine.

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