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Transnational Lives in Motion: The Art of Laura Kina and Việt Lê – The Kellogg University Art Gallery, California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Transnational Lives in Motion: The Art of Laura Kina and Việt Lê

Sat. Feb. 27 – Sat. Apr. 23, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 27, 4-7pm
Artists’ Talks: Saturday, February 27, 4:45pm
Artists’ Symposium: Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, 1-3pm at BSC, Ursa Minor
The Weglyn Endowed Chair for Multicultural Studies and the Kellogg University Art
Gallery are proud to sponsor the exhibitions of Laura Kina and Việt Le. Their artworks
highlight the nuanced nature of Transnational Lives in Motion among Asian American
and Pacific Islander communities. Despite Asian Americans’ contributions to the U.S. for
over three centuries, the perceptions of these communities are relegated to thinking of
them as ‘perpetual foreigners’ or consigned to model minority stereotypes. The shifting
global standing of Asian countries has changed the discourse to take into account that
Asian Americans are neither here nor there, but everywhere, as they actively partake in
transnational lives. Policies, wars, employment, and family reunifications have led to the
movement of Asian lives across the globe, transcending nations, and blurring global
boundaries as their lives are in motion. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders today are
able to stay connected to their homeland, and others are reconstructing their multiple
identities in a nation that tries to contain them. To complicate the Asian American
experience is to understand that these communities are complex and diverse, which
adds to the continued challenges in the way we think about the layered identities and
communities of Asian American and Pacific Islander peoples. Transnational Lives in
Motion: The Art of Laura Kina and Việt Lê examines the ways in which Asian American
transnationals construct and reconstruct the fabric of their identities based on their
location, space and time. From mixed-race identities with global connections, to
communities who seek refuge in the U.S. from the legacies of wars, this exhibit
highlights a few issues, which impact immigrant, refugee, and multi-racial ethnic
communities living transnational lives.

Laura Kina’s exhibition, named after her latest series, Uchinanchu, and Việt Lê’s trilogy
lovebang! will be exhibited simultaneously, and for the first time, for each artist.
Uchinanchu combines Asian and Pacific Islander pop-culture textiles, fabrics and T-shirts,
formulated into colorful, large-scale tapestries, with traditional painting motifs
addressing how the assimilation of multiple cultures fold meticulously into one personal,
yet collective, journey. Việt Lê’s lovebang! Trilogy Premiere includes video installations
lovebang!, eclipse, and the world premiere of heARTbreak! — each, together, transect
the topics of Asian pop-culture, hip-hop, sex, homo-eroticism and being transgender,
with struggle and war, nostalgia and heartbreak.

Co-curated by Mary Yu Danico and Michele Cairella Fillmore

Mon-Tues 4-8p
Wed-Thurs 12-4p
Sat-Sun 12-4p
Fridays Closed.
Friday viewing arrangements made by appointment only.
The Kellogg University Art Gallery is located at the
Northside of the Bronco Student Center in Building 35A
at California State Polytechnic University Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona CA 91768

Kellogg Gallery Direct: 909-869-4302
Huntley Gallery Direct: 909-979-5556
Email: artgalleries@cpp.edu
Galleries Curator: Michele Cairella Fillmore
PR 2016K Transnational Lives in Motion.L.Kina.V.Le

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Việt Lê lecture at UIC April 1, 2013 4:00-5:30pm

UIC Asian American Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies proudly present:

Việt Lê. April 1st 4:00- 5:30 pm

Daley Library Conference room 1-470
801 S Morgan St Chicago IL 60607

Reception Following

Free and Open to the Public

Lê’s talk, “Transnational Desires Or, Memory, Autobiography, Photography
and Pornography,” discusses artistic and curatorial practice, including his
*boy bang/ gang band *series and recent retro sci fi project–*Love
Bang!*–a sexperimental art music video. His work deals with the
intersections of popular culture, sexuality and the traumas of history and
modernity in diasporic Southeast Asia.

You can see *Love Bang!* here:

watch an interview with Viet Le at

and see some of his previous work at www.vietle.net.

Việt Lê is an artist, writer, and curator. His work deals with popular
visual culture, historical trauma, and modernity in Southeast Asia and its
diasporas, particularly Việt Nam and Cambodia. Lê has been published
in *positions: asia critique; Crab Orchard Review; Fuse; Amerasia Journal;
Asia Art Archive; Newsweek Asia*; and the anthologies *Writing from the
Perfume River; Strange Cargo; The Spaces Between Us*; *Modern and
Contemporary Southeast Asian Art; *among others. Lê’s artwork has been
featured at The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada; DoBaeBacSa Gallery, Seoul,
Korea; Cape Museum of Fine Arts, MA, USA; 1a Space, Hong Kong; among other
venues. Lê has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation,
Fulbright-Hays, William Joiner Center, Fine Arts Work Center, Center for
Khmer Studies, and PEN Center USA Lê curated *Miss Saigon with the
Wind*(Highways, Santa Monica) and *Charlie Don’t Surf!* (Centre A,
Vancouver, BC); and co-curated *humor us*(Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery,
LA, CA), and *transPOP: Korea Việt Nam Remix* (Seoul, Sài Gòn, Irvine, San
Francisco) and the 2012 *Kuandu Biennale* (Taipei). He has co-edited special
issues of BOL Journal (*Việt Nam and Us*, 2008) and *Reflections: A Journal
of Writing, Service Learning, and Community Literacy* (Syracuse University
Press, 2008). Lê received his MFA from the University of California,
Irvine, where he has also taught Studio Art and Visual Culture courses. He
received his doctorate from the University of Southern California and was a
postdoctoral fellow at Academia Sinica, Taipei. Lê is an Assistant
Professor in the Visual Studies Program and Visual & Critical Studies
Graduate Program at California College of the Arts, San Francisco.

For more information about the event, contact Laura Fugikawa at

Download the poster.

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