Last year I had a chat with @theothercheckbox about how my mixed race experiences relate to equal opportunities monitoring forms - which for me generally means only being offered the option of ticking ‘other’ or ’mixed other’. Listen to the podcast here.
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.
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 will be exhibitiing work in progress from my latest project, Hong Kong Future Diaspora in a solo show at Bloc Projects, with a special opening performance at the launch event on Thurs 20th Oct 6-8pm.
Hong Kong Future Diaspora is the second cycle of my wider project, Performing Identities that explores what it means to be East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) in the UK today. Through performance, discussions and an exhibition of past and current documentation of the larger Performing Identities project, the exhibition programme sketches the shifting landscapes of the wandering Hong Konger through past, present and future.
Hong Kong Future Diaspora will continue next year, culminating with an exhibition at Bloc Projects in September 2023 featuring a live performance on the streets of Sheffield and a new moving image work.
Collaborators to date include artists, researchers, martial arts scholars and fellow makers: Clara Cheung Jan-Ming Lee Dr Wayne Wong Angela YT Chan Anna Chan Franco Ho Jonathan Tang Shan Ray Cheung Sunshine Wong
I will be presenting new work in progress at this year's Encounter Bow, a one-day festival [Sat 12th June] exploring community care, spaces of joy and the importance of sharing and collecting stories.
三星 San Xing [Three Stars] is a feminist reimagining of Fu Lu and Shou - the San Xing, who in Chinese mythology represent fortune, prosperity and longevity. The work is a moving image portrait of three diasporic bodies that challenges Orientalist perceptions of East and Southeast Asian [ESEA] identities. Through a series of online workshops, I collaborated with actors @sigimoonlight and @elisabettygun and costume designer @christinetinghuanurquhart to devise the three characters. We drew on ESEA cosmologies to find new motifs and aesthetics to represent complex identities. These embodied aesthetics hold stories from the past, present and future of our diasporic experiences.
I'll be talking about Community, Care and Change at this online event hosted by gal-dem and Kickstarter. 'Arrive with an Idea Leave with a Plan' is a virtual workshop aimed at equipping people of colour from marginalised genders with the tools they need to turn ideas in to reality. The workshop on Thursday 11th March [6.30 - 8.30] encourages sign-ups from Yorkshire and the surrounding areas. Book a FREE place here.
My latest film, Where Two Rivers Meet will premiere on Feb 25th at 8pm GMT as part of the online event, Digesting History. The film is a creative documentary about Collections in Verse, a poetry project that took place in libraries across Sheffield just before the pandemic. Weaving the story of the project together with the story a city responding to crisis, the film explores mutual aid, things that connect us across time and place and posits the idea of the library as a commons. Where Two Rivers Meet is narrated by Johny Pitts [Afropean] and features new poetry by Joe Kriss, Rachel Bower and Kayo Chingonyi - inspired by the Anglo Saxon Kingdoms exhibition at the British Library and communities in Sheffield.
Commissioned by Poet in the City in partnership with Sheffield Libraries and the British Library.
My latest film, Casting Fu Manchu will premiere on 1st December at 7pm GMT. Commissioned from an open call by Chinese Arts Now [CAN], the film explores Yellow Peril in light of COVID related racism towards 'Chinese looking' people. Working with Casting Director Nicci Topping, I invited actors of East and Southeast Asian heritage to send me audition tapes of themselves in role as Dr Fu Manchu - 'yellow peril incarnate'*. Over 50 actors responded to the call with their subverted takes on the evil Chinese genius, who on screen, has only ever been played by white men. Extracts from the audition tapes form the basis of the film.
The premiere will take place online. followed by a live Q&A with Eelyn Lee. Book FREE tickets via the CAN website.
Thursday, 27 October 2022 On Thursday 3rd Nov I'll be joining a conversation about diaspora and Hong Kongness as part of my exhibition, Hong Kong Future Diaspora at Bloc Projects.Thu 3 Nov 7-8.30pm [GMT]Free but booking required.Book... Read More...
Thursday, 06 October 2022 I will be exhibitiing work in progress from my latest project, Hong Kong Future Diaspora in a solo show at Bloc Projects, with a special opening performance at the launch event on Thurs 20th Oct 6-8pm. Hong Kong... Read More...
Wednesday, 12 January 2022 Last year I had a chat with @theothercheckbox about how my mixed race experiences relate to equal opportunities monitoring forms - which for me generally means only being offered the option of ticking ‘other’ or ’mixed other’. Listen... Read More...