bG Gallery is pleased to present “Intersections,” a solo show for the artist Mike Saijo, curated by Deepa Subramanian.

Dates: April 16th – May 16th, 2022

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 23rd, 2022 6:00 – 9:00 pm PDT

Artist Talk / Closing Event: May 7th, 2022 4:00 – 8:00 pm PDT.

Intersections, examines the intersections of Latino, Japanese, and Jewish communities in Boyle Heights. The exhibit includes Saijo’s own street photography, installation, and book pieces in this exploration of cultural intersection.

In the spirit of intersection Mike will present the gallery’s new influences section featuring street photography by Daido Moriyama. Learn more about the influences section here:

Born in Boyle Heights in 1974, Mike Saijo was born to immigrant parents from Japan. He has always had a close connection to Boyle Heights and the culturally diverse community he calls home. His past work “Dream Deferred (2011)” was exhibited at BG Gallery (2011), Breed Street Shul (2012), ADL Artworks (2013), La Plaza de Cultura y Arts (2015), Japanese American National Museum (2017). The exhibition was inspired by Saijo’s research of the intersections of Mexican, Japanese, and Jewish communities in Boyle Heights during World War II. 

Curator Deepa Subramanian is an Indian art gallerist and an entrepreneur based in Los Angeles, California, United States. Her chief curatorial goal of Saijo’s exhibit is to address the iconic quality of the ‘readymade’ and its evolving significance in current art practice by drawing parallels to historical events and to give it a physical human experience of time, space and structure.