Astria Suparak is an artist, writer, and curator based in Oakland, California. Her cross-disciplinary projects address complex and thorny issues (like white supremacy, colonialism, and racial capitalism) made accessible through a popular culture lens (such as sci-fi movies, rock music, and sports). Straddling creative and scholarly work, the projects often take the form of publicly available tools, databases, and histories of subcultures and omitted perspectives.


Over the last year Suparak’s creative projects have been exhibited and performed at MoMA, ICA LA, The Walker Art Center, The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, and as part of the For Freedoms billboard series. Suparak has curated exhibitions, screenings, and performances for art institutions and festivals including The Liverpool Biennial, Museo Rufino Tamayo, The Kitchen, Eyebeam, MoMA PS1, and Expo Chicago, as well as for unconventional spaces such as roller-skating rinks, sports bars, and rock clubs.


Born in Los Angeles, CA

Lives and works in Oakland, CA





BFA with Highest Honors, Drawing, minor in Art History, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY 


Syracuse University, NY (Museum Studies)

1998 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL (16mm Film Production)
1997 The New School for Social Research, New York, NY (Film Studies)


Solo Exhibitions



Centre A, ‘Asian futures, without Asians’, Vancouver, Canada


Walker Art Center, ‘Collection Playlist: Peggy Ahwesh and Astria Suparak‘, curated by Michael Walsh, on-site and online Minneapolis, USA


Virtually Asian broke the Walker’s record for online views of the Collection Playlist program


Museum of Modern Art, ‘Asian futures, without Asians’, New York, USA


ICA LA and GYOPO, ‘Asian futures, without Asians’, Los Angeles, USA


The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, ‘Asian futures, without Asians’, San Francisco, USA


Jacob Lawrence Gallery, ‘Asian futures, without Asians’, University of Washington, Seattle, USA


Bard College, ‘Asian futures, without Asians’, Annandale-On-Hudson, New York, USA


Other Futures and online, ‘Tropicollage’, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Berkeley Art Center, ‘Virtually Asian’, part of “The option to…”, CA, USA


Group Exhibitions



Eli Klein Gallery, ‘with her voice, penetrate earth’s floor’, New York, USA


Galerie Marguo, ‘The Hearing Trumpet, Part II’, Paris, France


SOMArts, ‘Grow Our Souls’, San Francisco, USA


Prismatic Ground, Maysles Documentary Center, ‘touch me don’t touch me’, New York, USA


Oxy Arts, ’Encoding Futures’, Los Angeles




Artist Opportunity Grant, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

Travel Grant for Media Artists, Canada Council for the Arts

Pratt Circle Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn