When:1st July – 6th August
CHINAME _in Canberra
1st July – 6th August, Foyer Gallery – Tuggeranong Arts Centre
What is Chinese? A nationality, a culture, a community or an identity? CHINAME is a serial project of research and performance started in 2018 by Shanghai-based artist collective XIAO KE x ZI HAN, which has taken place in various locations internationally. The artists travel to these different regions prior to the performance and conduct fieldwork and interviews with people of the Chinese diaspora from these local communities. The research process involves questions that confront identity issues and opens up discussions. So far, the artists have collected more than 140 personal stories with the diverse perspectives of interviewees and their generous sharing allowing a wider and more complex view of Chinese identity in a globalised context.
CHINAME_in Canberra is a video installation compiled from previous interviews and performances of CHINAME in other regions. It presses a pause button in this terrifying moment during the COVID-19 pandemic and invites the audience to continue considering the exploration of Chinese identity in these challenging times. In addition to the video installation in the TAC gallery, a virtual installation of the video can be accessed via QR codes found in hidden locations across Canberra (from July 14th).
Interactive Live Event with XIAO KE x ZI HAN
Thursday 6th August, 6.30pm AEST, Tuggeranong Arts Centre (and Facebook Live)
Join XIAO KE x ZI HAN to explore experiences of Chinese identity during the current global pandemic. When Chinese people are facing increasing prejudice and fear worldwide, are people only fighting the virus? Or are we transferring our fears to certain people?
For this event, XIAO KE x ZI HAN will appear via video link from Shanghai and interact with a live audience in the TAC Theatre. As live audience numbers are strictly limited, the event will also be streamed online via Facebook Live.
This project has been supported by the Australian Centre on China in the World.