Casting Fu Manchu will be showing as part of this year's Estuary 2021. Programmed as part of The Telling Image, curator Gareth Evans has collated ten short films that respond to the festival's themes of climate, imperial legacy and rebellion. Screening FREE online from 22nd May - 13th June.
Casting Fu Manchu is currently showing as part of the CAN Festival 2021 [15th Feb - 30th Apr 2021]. Following the premiere screening these were some of the comments about the film,
"... a brilliant and thought-provoking concept ..."
"... poignant and beautiful ..."
"... a lockdown classic ..."
"... an intelligent well crafted piece of work which is like a skilled surgeon cutting out the cancerous tumour of the Yellow Peril ..."
There's an interview with me talking about the making of Casting Fu Manchu in Theatre Fullstop.
Following an invitation from CAMP, I will be presenting an online talk on Thurs 10th Dec 6.30 - 8.00pm GMT as part of their guest artist's programme. I'll be talking about Resilience and Radical Care in relation to my experiences of co-founding Social Art Network and subsequent involvement in other artist’s networks. The talk will cover network building as practice; solidarity; agency and mutual support; deep listening, and filmmaking and space holding.
Free for CAMP members, £3 for non members. Book here.
CAMP (Contemporary Art Membership Plymouth) – is a member-led network for the creative and visual arts community in Devon and Cornwall, including artists, producers, curators and arts writers.
Image: A production still from Futurist Women film shoot, 2018. Photo Credit: Matthew Kaltenborn
I've been co-curating the upcoming Parallel State event around the theme of Freedom. The event will be broadcast from a virtual Bristol, a few days after the US elections. Speakers include Dr Shawn Sobers, Zakiya McKenzie, Roseanna Dias and Tim Knowles. We'll also be presenting new work commissioned by the Parallel State from artist Joyce Treasure and musician Lavz, together with poetry from Jon Dovey and music from Roney FM.
We asked the four speakers to respond to the following provocation,
- Referred to as the Land of the Free since the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner were penned in 1814, America is supposed to represent liberty and opportunity. What does freedom feel like in Bristol and how does it speak to the structural failures of the UK and other failed states? With these thoughts in mind, what could freedom mean in the Parallel State? -
The Parallel State is a breakaway state - a space to collectively imagine alternative solutions to life on earth. Free from the constraints of being in constant opposition to the failed states in which we live, it is a space to build knowledge, to organise and prepare new visions for better ways of living. This is the first of a series of online themed events that will lay the foundations for a Parallel State Summit.
FREE tickets can be booked here.
Britishness (2019) will be featured in a new exhibition at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art [CFCCA] in Manchester [15th Oct 2020 - 31st Jan 2021].
Multiplicities in Flux brings together works by Grace Lau and Eelyn Lee in a dialogue around identity, belonging, nationality and community in Britain. The curator of the exhibition, Marianna Tsionki writes,
" Lee’s film Britishness (2019) complicates the often indefinable notion of ‘Britishness’. Comprising spoken word poetry, interviews, and group discussions, the work follows young writers from Sheffield as they affirm, reject, and revise their visions of national identity and grapple with the consequences of Britain’s colonial history and their own personal experiences. The film posits ‘Britishness’ as a concept that is constantly in flux, moulded by ever-changing social, economic, political and historical narratives and carrying different significance for each individual. Through this lens, Lee invites viewers to question and re-evaluate their own definition of what it means to be British. "
There will be an online screening of Britishness as part of the accompanying Public Programme [date tbc].
Eelyn Lee has recently been selected to be part of an Artist Working Group comprising seven artists of Chinese heritage, who will partner with CFCCA to co-design their Revisioning process. Eelyn would like to acknowledge and thank artist JJ Chan for articulating their concerns about the under representation of Asian people/PoC within the staff team at CFCCA and for triggering this journey of structural change.