2021 Press Releases

NYC Commission On Human Rights and Public Artist In Residence Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya Announce Next Installment of Public Awareness Campaign and Art Series “I Still Believe In Our City” In Partnership With the NYC Department Of Transportation’s Art Program And the NYC Department Of Cultural Affairs, April 6, 2021

“This installation of the art series created with Commission Public Artist in Residence Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya is an extension of the Commission’s public awareness campaign celebrating New York City’s AAPI communities,” said Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights Carmelyn P. Malalis. “Through this unprecedented crisis of anti-Asian bias, discrimination, and harassment, these artworks line a Financial District sidewalk offering hope, perseverance, and resistance as New Yorkers have stood together in community against hate. The multi-lingual messages of resilience and determination, displayed in partnership with the Department of Transportation’s Temporary Art Program, are a reminder that we still believe in New York City, and we are not willing to give up on her, now or ever.”

New Interactive Art Installation "May We Know Our Own Strength" Illuminates Stories of Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, April 1, 2021

“This installation is about the transformative power of collective healing,” said creator and Public Artist in Residence Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya. “We’re experiencing a watershed moment where Asian youth are coming forward with their stories of sexual assault and gender-based violence. Their courage is truly remarkable. Experiencing assault can tear you into pieces on the inside, leaving you feeling helpless and alone. In those moments we can feel hollowed out, crumpled up, put in a box. Reduced to nothing more than a single strand. It takes compassion and community to find our way back, to piece together our shattered sense of self.”

“The title of the installation, ‘May We Know Our Own Strength,’ expresses my hope for survivors, and everyone who bears the weight of trauma,” said Carmelyn P. Malalis, Chair and Commissioner of the NYC Commission on Human Rights. “The effect of the compounding traumas of gender-based violence and anti-Asian racism cannot be overstated...This installation allows survivors to let go of some of that burden, gives a voice to those who suffer in silence, and uses their stories to take up physical space, reminding all of us that there is power in our shared experiences.”

Statement From NYC Commission on Human Rights Chair and Commissioner Carmelyn P. Malalis On The Anti-Asian Attack In Atlanta, GA, March 17, 2021

“Today, we mourn the senseless deaths of eight people in Georgia, six of whom were Asian women murdered at their places of work. We have lost these eight people because of brutal acts of hate. I am heartbroken for the victims’ families, loved ones, and communities, and I am horrified at the pain and devastation this act of hate is causing Asian and Asian American communities.”