“Transcendients” combines two words, “transcend” and “transient,” to speak to the immigrant experience—one marked by uncertainty and vulnerability, yet also hope and transcendence.
Transcendients: Heroes at Borders is a contemporary art exhibition by Taiji Terasaki, in collaboration with the Japanese American National Museum, that honors individuals who advocate and fight for those who face discrimination, prejudice, and inequality at borders both real and imagined. Through video projections on mist, photographic weavings, and audience participation, visitors to this multimedia exhibition are invited to learn about, reflect on, and celebrate heroes in Los Angeles, across the nation, and within their own lives.
The heroes featured in the exhibition—some well-known but most unsung—were identified through extensive outreach to communities and neighborhoods throughout L.A. and beyond.
Prevention Institute is incredibly proud that our deputy executive director, Manal J. Aboelata, a public health champion, is one of the “transcendient” heroes whose work is spotlighted in the exhibit.
If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you can visit the exhibit in person. Transcendients: Heroes at Borders runs through March 29 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. Or you can read about the exhibit and the heroes who are featured in it here.