- Venue: NYU in London
6 Bedford Square
Bloomsbury, London, United Kingdom
Presented by the 2018 Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange.
This intimate dialogue will create an interdisciplinary conversation on performance and diversity and representation in the arts. The discussion will include questions of terminology, theory, and practice as well as explore past and current programs and on-the-ground organizing in relationship to Asian and Black representations in performance and visual art in London. Featuring Diana Yeh, Lucy Sheen, and Paul Goodwin. Moderated by Alexandra Chang
Paul Goodwin is a curator, writer, and urban theorist. Goodwin is currently based at University of the Arts London where he is a professor of contemporary art and urbanism and Director of the Transnational Art, Identity and Nation Research Centre (TrAIN). Goodwin’s curatorial, research, and writing projects extend across the fields of contemporary art, urbanism, and curating, with a particular focus Black British, African, and diaspora artists and visual cultures. He was a curator at Tate Britain from 2007-2012. Recent international exhibitions he has curated or co-curated include: Thin Black Line(s) (with Lubaina Himid), 2011; Migrations: Journeys Into British Art, 2012, London, Tate Britain; Coming Ashore, 2011, Berardo Collection Museum in Lisbon, Portugal; Transfigurations, Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona MACBA, Spain 2014; Chloe Dewe Mathews: In Search of Frankenstein, 3-D Foundation Sculpture Park, Verbier, Switzerland 2017 and British Library, London, UK 2018.
Lucy Sheen is an actor (RSC, BOV, Joint Stock, Ping Pong, Call The Midwife) and writer, nom de plume Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen. Sheen wrote and performed her first professionally produced theatre piece (solo) There are Two Perfectly Good Me’s: One dead, the other unborn in 2011. Since then, her writing commissions include: Ungrateful: A Paper-Daughter, Restrain Your Grief and Adapt to the Mishap (Royal Court), and Come To Where I’m From: London (Paines Plough/Tamasha). Sheen is featured in the anthology Foreign Goods, the first book to collect plays written by British East Asian writers, and in British East Asian Playwrights, the first British anthology to publish a collection of full-length plays written by British East Asian playwrights. Her first collection of poetry Ungrateful: A Paper Daughter is available from PoetsHaven and Amazon.
Diana Yeh is Lecturer in Sociology, Culture, and the Creative Industries at City, University of London. Her research interests lie in race and racisms, migration, diaspora, youth, and cultural politics, with a particular focus on constructions and contestations of British Chinese and East Asian identities. She is author of The Happy Hsiungs: Performing China and the Struggle for Modernity (Hong Kong University Press, 2014) and co-editor of Contesting British Chinese Culture (Palgrave, forthcoming this year). She is also currently Principal Investigator of the British Academy/Leverhulme project, Becoming East Asian: Race, Ethnicity and the Politics of Belonging, and engaged in research on inequalities in the cultural and creative industries, focusing on British East Asians on Screen and Television. She has conducted multi-sited fieldwork on the politics of identity and belonging among Chinese migrant artists (Shih-I and Dymia Hsiung, Li Yuan-chia and Anthony Key) in light of their translocal histories across Britain, South Africa, Italy, China, and Taiwan.
Alexandra Chang is the Curator of Special Projects and Director of Global Arts Programs at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, where she organizes the Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange (GAX) and Climate Working Group. Chang is project director of the Virtual Asian American Art Museum and co-founding editor of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (ADVA). She recently curated (ex)CHANGE: History Place Presence, a series of six public art projects throughout Philadelphia and the Then and Now exhibition with the Asian Art Initiative (on view) and co-curated Circles and Circuits: Chinese Caribbean Art (2017-2018) as a part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time II: LA/LA initiative with the Chinese American Museum in LA and the California African American Museum. She co-curated the SOMA/GAX collaborative show Intimacies and Imagined Futures — Video and Performance Practices with Nabi Nara and Francesca Tarocca for GAX 2018.