Far from Indochine, curated by Chương-Đài Võ
The 40th anniversary of the Vietnam War’s end will be in 2015. This exhibition presents three contemporary projects about Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam that engage with the myths and ideas that formed the backdrop of the war.Artists: Dewey Ambrosino, Patty Chang and David Kelley, Frédéric Sanchez
A Curatorial Opportunity Program exhibition selection.
Join the exhibition curator, some of the exhibiting artists, and a visiting MIT history professor as they discuss art production and the relationship between art and politics in Southeast Asia.
Come to the open studio of French painter Frédéric Sanchez, New Art Center’s artist in residence during the Far from Indochine show run. He will be working in the Holzwasser Gallery on an installation of a billboard-sized painting that conflates Radical Painting minimalism; the residue of Vietnamese Socialist Realism; and the language of road signs and advertisements.
Dewey Ambrosino lives and works in Los Angeles. He received a BFA in Sculpture and a BFA in Industrial Design from University of Illinois, Chicago and an MFA in Art from CalArts; he is currently faculty at Art Center College of Design. His practice examines the relationship between aesthetic phenomena and cultural conditioning through a wide variety of media. His work has been included in exhibitions throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Guest panelist Christopher Capozzola is an Associate Professor of History at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches U.S. history and U.S.-Southeast Asian relations. He is currently finishing Brothers of the Pacific, a history of Filipino soldiers in the U.S. armed forces in the twentieth century. He is the author of two units on photography in the colonial Philippines for MIT’s Visualizing Cultures website, and is a regular contributor to Art New England.
Patty Chang lives and works in Boston. She works with performance, video, narrative, empathy, the unknown and the document. She is a 2014 recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and has exhibited her projects both nationally and internationally.David Kelley lives and works in Boston and is Assistant Professor of Art at Wellesley College. He works primarily with photography, video and performance. His projects are a hybrid of documentary and ethnographic practices that make use of imaginary, choreographic and performative strategies. A 2010 resident in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, Kelley received an MFA from University of California, Irvine.
Frédéric Sanchez was born in Auxerre, France. His work is influenced by Radical Painting, as exemplified by Olivier Mosset, and issues of globalization. His first solo show took place in Hanoi, Vietnam, where he often travels to develop his research. His work has been shown in Europe, Asia and the U.S. Curation is also a part of his art process; he co-founded the nomad gallery “L’Éclair” to present collective projects (www.l-eclair.fr). In 2013, he curated a show about the color red in the context of Vietnam (The Observatory, HCMC) and China (Bazaar Compatible Program, Shanghai).
Chương-Đài Võ is an independent curator and writer based in Southern California. Her research and curatorial interests focus on decolonial aesthetics, diaspora, war, assemblage, and alternative practices. Among her curatorial projects are On the Streets, an apexart Franchise Program selection, and the forthcoming An Aesthetics of Slowness, a Curatorial Programs selection at Dorsky Gallery in New York City. She has received fellowships and grants from Asian Cultural Council, Fulbright Program, Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and University of California Pacific Rim Research Program, among others.
Patty Chang and David Kelley, Route 3, 2011,
3-channel synchronized HD video projection, 27:21 min
Image courtesy of the artists
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