The Animated Vote
Tofu Riot will create 30 vote-themed posts on Instagram for 30 days. These posts will be iconic images with symbolism and animations to engage and encourage voting. These range from hand-drawn animations on live footage of local Houston organizers and community members, to iconic images of communities in action. Tofu Riot is collaborating with members from OCAGreaterHouston, Mi Familia Vota, and PIVOT (The Progressive Vietnamese American Organization), to share these animations and artworks on Instagram and YouTube. Additionally, Instagram will be linked to a website with the same content, with more links to learn to vote, voter education and ways to participate and encourage youth and BIPOC to vote and become active participants in civic life and social change.
Tofu Riot is a storyteller and animator. Her work focuses on historical and personal Vietnamese and Khmer refugee narratives with themes on queer experiences, survival, coping and guilt. She creates experimental and hand-drawn animations that weave narratives of gender ambiguous fruit and vegetable characters. Her work has been shown at Transformer (Washington, DC), Asian Arts Initiatives (Philadelphia, PA), Dixon Place (NYC) and with The Laundromat Project (NYC). She was awarded a residency with The Laundromat Project's Create Change Public Artist Residency; and is recipient of animation and arts grants from the Jerome Foundation, Puffin Foundation, and Asian Women Giving Circle.