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‘This is China of a particular sort, I do not know’, Clare Chun-yu Liu, 2020, 34:01 min, video still, image courtesy of the artist

Clare Chun-yu Liu: Artist Talk and Reading Workshop

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In response to the screening of her films ‘This is China of a particular sort, I do not know’ and ‘Another beautiful dream’ as part of 'An Inverted Journey of Counter Archiving', Clare Chun-yu Liu will discuss her practice-based research on the European cultural heritage of chinoiserie. The discussion will delve into questions such as: How does one respond to a historical representation of themselves from a contemporary perspective? How can identity be approached within a diasporic framework while participating in the postcolonial review of history? And how can we reinterpret pre-colonial Sino-British history in relation to chinoiserie from a postcolonial and Taiwanese/diasporic Chinese perspective?

Following the talk, an in-person reading session will be led by the artist. Informed by the two films, the session will explore diasporic Chinese identity, (self-)representation, and the relationship between self and other. We will collectively read excerpts from Ien Ang’s ‘On Not Speaking Chinese’ and Trinh T. Minh-ha’s ‘When the Moon Waxes Red’. Autobiographical in nature, Ang’s texts provide insight into the complexity of belonging in the context of multiple migrations across generations and the urgency to articulate individual agency. Trinh’s philosophical and poetic writing addresses the problematic practice of representation in the Western tradition of anthropology. Through these texts, we will reflect on subjectivity, authenticity, and the ongoing journey of finding one’s place in a diasporic and transnational setting.

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‘Another beautiful dream’, Clare Chun-yu Liu, 2022, 14 min, video still
‘This is China of a particular sort, I do not know’, Clare Chun-yu Liu, 2020, 34:01 min, video still
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Excerpts from ‘On not speaking Chinese’ by Ien Ang (2001)

Excerpts from ‘When the Moon Waxes Red’ by Trinh T. Minh-ha (1991)

There is no requirement to read the texts beforehand, as we will be reading collectively – with each person taking turns to read one paragraph at a time. Copies of the reading will be distributed during the session.

This event is a part of esea contemporary's Summer Programme ‘From(Counter-)Archives to Activation.’ Entering the second year of programming following the institute’s transformation, we find it opportune to activate our platform through the lens of archives and counter-archives in collaboration with our extensive network of collaborators and co-workers. Throughout our summer programme, from May to August, 2024, we will actively listen to, engage with, speak out about, write down, touch upon, and look into a diverse array of archival and counter-archival materials. This journey aims to highlight a multiplicity of perspectives while charting a course towards a more outward- and forward-looking framework. As we explore these materials, we remain attuned to the complexities of power dynamics, acknowledging the agency to navigate these exchanges with openness and respect. Through our collaboration with artists, curators, thinkers, scholars, and communities, we seek to foreground pluralistic narratives and empower individuals to shape their own histories.

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From (Counter-)Archives to Activation
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From (Counter-)Archives to Activation
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2024
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2024
2024-05-04
Through our collaboration with artists, curators, thinkers, scholars, and communities, we seek to foreground pluralistic narratives and empower individuals to shape their own histories.