Social Media Takeovers

Twice a month, Five Oaks Museum places the museum Instagram page in the hands of an artist, activist, or historian from the community for an entire week. The community member posts about their work and practice, delves into their background and influences, and shares interactive activities and video content. The Social Media Takeover program brings additional perspectives around the themes of the museum’s exhibitions and engages with current events. Past topics have included artist-turned-curator projects, archiving queer Indigenous history, self-portraiture as an act of radical self-love, and more.

Each Social Media Takeover is archived and made publicly available as a pdf document, as well as through social media pages.

Social Media Takeover: The Immigrant Story

The Immigrant Story, an organization whose mission is to document and tell immigrants’ real-life stories, in order to promote empathy and advance an inclusive community. The Immigrant Story showcases snippets of their work and introduces some of the incredible people they have met along the way. 

This takeover occurred from September 20-25, 2021.

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Social Media Takeover: Dakota Yazzie

Dakota Yazzie is a multi-disciplinary artist currently living in Dewey, Arizona, in the midst of Apache territory. Dakota Yazzie explores their two loves in their creative life – art and music – and needs within each for collaboration, community, and storytelling.

This takeover occurred from September 6-11, 2021.

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Social Media Takeover: Anangookwe Wolf

Anangookwe Wolf, an Ojibwe, Assiniboine and Dakota interdisciplinary artist, gives insight into their artistic process. Their work centers around current and past familial and cultural narratives and draws attention to the current afflictions that their communities are facing.
This takeover occurred from August 9-14, 2021.

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Social Media Takeover: Weshoyot Alvitre

Weshoyot Alvitre, a Tongva and Scottish comic book artist, author and illustrator, shares how they combine their art and culture, gives audiences insight into their people: the Tongva, the Original people of the Los Angeles basin, and leverages the social space to retell their histories from Their own perspective as a sovereign group of people who were never given a voice in the colonial narratives of history. This takeover occurred from July 26-31, 2021.

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Social Media Takeover: Kat and Rya

Kat Salas and Rya Hueston, co-curators of the exhibition Untouchable Artifacts: A Virtual and Printed Exhibition on Indigenous Storytelling, History, and Resilience, share about storytelling in their own lives and in the exhibition. This takeover occurred from July 13-17, 2021.

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Social Media Takeover: Nica Aquino

Nica Aquino, a first-generation Ilokana-American visual artist & curator currently based in Tongva Land (so-called Los Angeles, CA) shares 35 mm film images from Hawaii, Portland, and the Phillipines. She also prompts a photo scavenger hunt activity. This takeover occurred from June 21-26, 2021.

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Social Media Takeover: Kanani Miyamoto

Kanani Miyamoto, born and raised on the island of O’ahu, spent half her life on the windward side of the island and the other half on the south side. She currently resides in Portland, OR and is an artist, educator and curator. This takeover occurred from June 7-12, 2021.

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Social Media Takeover: Nat Andreini

Nat Andreini, a Co-Director at Five Oaks Museum, shares songs and stories, posts prompts and builds a playlist – “my love and music”- based on audience responses.  This takeover occurred from May 24-29, 2021.

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Social Media Takeover: Dey Rivers

Dey Rivers, a non-binary, Black American, queer, artist and writer living with ptsd, unveils works in progress, embraces “mistakes” and playfulness, creates nature art as a queer Black bodied person, shows behind the scenes and daily practices, and hosts a Q&A.  This takeover occurred from May 10-15, 2021.

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Social Media Takeover: Kalei’okalani Matsui

Kalei’okalani Matsui, a Native Hawaiian, Black, Chinese, and Japanese woman from Wai’anae on the island of O’ahu, and featured artist in DISplace, teaches the history of leis, shares how-to videos with spring leaves and flowers that can be found blooming in the Pacific Northwest, leads a live lei making class and performs a ceremony of oli.  This takeover occurred from April 5-10, 2021.

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Social Media Takeover: Victoria Tai Sundell

Victoria Tai Sundell, Head of Integrated Learning at Five Oaks Museum, takes over as a staff member to share about her work with the museum, how to look at art, and about her own papercutting art practice.. This takeover occurred from February 8-13, 2021.

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Social Media Takeover: Andrea Narno

Andrea Narno, a self-taught queer printmaker from Mexico City, shares how she uses symbolism of plants to explore topics like migration, absence and grief in her linocut artwork and leads a print rubbing activity. This takeover occurred from January 25-30, 2021.

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Social Media Takeover: Emily Miller

Emily Miller, an artist featured in DISplace, explains her process of creating artwork and interactive community installations with responsibly recycled fishing gear and shares her connection to the ocean as a place of joy, grief, and sanctuary. This takeover occurred from January 10-16, 2021.

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Social Media Takeover: Palmarin Merges

Palmarin Merges, an artist featured in DISplace, brought us our first international takeover (from Japan!) and shared how she gives used materials new life in her artwork. This takeover occurred from December 7-12, 2020.

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Social Media Takeover: Aslan Newson

Aslan Newson, a queer Afro-Indigenous activist, describes how she found her voice and community through organizing with Fridays4Freedom, a Portland, Oregon-based collective of Black youth and allies for Black liberation, and shares about her self-growth and self-love journey in her identity. This takeover occurred from November 23-28, 2020.

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Social Media Takeover: Lehuauakea

Lehuauakea, artist and guest curator of Five Oaks Museum exhibition DISplace, shares their traditional Hawaiian kapa making practice, including the significance of reviving and passing on this practice of creating cloth with the bark of certain trees, the process and tools of making kapa, and the gathering of earth pigments. This takeover occurred from November 9-13, 2020.

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Social Media Takeover: Liz Pazmino Calderon

Liz Pazmino Calderon, a student leader and Equity Ambassador for the PCC Rock Creek Multicultural Center, shares about Día de los Muertos, including elements of a traditional altar, views of death and life, the Aztec origins of the holiday, and celebrations in Guatemala, Bolivia, and Ecuador. This takeover occurred from October 26-31, 2020.

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Social Media Takeover: Junix Seraphim

Junix Seraphim, an artist and activist also known as Prince Lavender, describes his alternative drag collective Darn Heckin Nerdy Drag, explores the role of art and cultural work in revolution, and shares what it means to be a kasama and organizer with Anakbayan PDX, a Filipino youth group organizing for national democracy. This takeover occurred from October 5-10, 2020.

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Social Media Takeover: Tuck Woodstock

Tuck Woodstock, a journalist and gender educator, takes viewers through a week in their life of covering Black Lives Matter and anti-fascist protests in Portland, creating their award-winning podcast Gender Reveal, and uplifting trans artists. This takeover took place from September 21-26, 2020.

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Social Media Takeover: Pace Taylor

Pace Taylor, an artist featured in Gender Euphoria, shares their explorations of queer, non-gendered intimacy and touch throughout time in their pastel artwork. This takeover took place from September 7-12, 2020.

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Social Media Takeover: Rya Hueston

Rya Hueston (Diné/Hopi), participating artist in Gender Euphoria, describes how they use personal history as a tool to uncovering non-white centric historical narratives, and de-colonize gender as we know it through artmaking and research practices. This takeover took place from August 10 to 15, 2020.

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Social Media Takeover: RaiNE Brabender

RaiNE Brabender, participating artist in Gender Euphoria, shares their self-portraiture process and how they connect with self-love, their senses and body, comfort, and home through their artwork. This takeover took place from July 20 to July 25, 2020.

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Social Media Takeover: Liberty Morey

Liberty Morey, participating artist in Gender Euphoria, shares their zines, a collage project, trans artists who inspire them, and how they think of the body as a landscape. This takeover took place from July 6 to July 11, 2020.

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Social Media Takeover: Steph Littlebird Fogel

Steph Littlebird Fogel, guest curator of This IS Kalapuyan Land, shares her editing process to reveal underlying biases in the original exhibition in order to reclaim her history. She also shares inspiration and favorite projects in her personal artwork. This takeover took place from June 22 to June 27, 2020.

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Social Media Takeover: Melanin Mvskoke

Melanin Mvskoke, Black and Native activist, explains the interconnections between Black liberation and Indigenous soveriegnty in the work to dismantle white supremacy and settler colonialism. This takeover took place from June 8 to June 13, 2020.

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Social Media Takeover: Jennifer Fang

Jennifer Fang, Director of Education at Japanese American Museum of Oregon and history professor at University of Portland, poses essential questions on Asian American history in Oregon, including how the presence of Chinese migrants complicates the idea of “frontier,” how to center people of color in local rural and agrarian history, and what does it mean to be considered “American?” This takeover took place from May 25 to May 31, 2020.

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Social Media Takeover: Anna Kim

Anna Kim, an artist residing in Tigard, OR, shares how community support inspires her work, how she spreads joy through art, and leads a colorful bubble painting activity. This takeover took place from May 11 to May 16, 2020.

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Social Media Takeover: Becca Owen

Becca Owen, Guest Curator of the Gender Euphoria exhibition, shares 3 great influences on their curatorial practice: the artwork of James Luna, the curation of Fred Wilson, and the project Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art; and leads viewers to create at-home curations. This takeover took place from April 20 to April 25, 2020.

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Social Media Takeover: Angelica Trimble Yanu

Follow along with This IS Kalapuyan Land artist Angelica Trimble Yanu as she shares the meaning behind her work “lyeska,” makes paper sculptures, explains her family’s history of leadership on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and answers questions about her printmaking practice. This takeover took place from April 6 to April 11, 2020.

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