When:1 August – 31 October 2020
An arts development project exploring identity issues faced by people from the Chinese diaspora.
Wǒ-in-process, meaning “I-in-process”, is a Chinese Pinyin word combined with English.
The term represents a process people from the Chinese diaspora go through as part of figuring out “who I am” in a postcolonial and cross-cultural context.
Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Wǒ-in-Process project focuses on opening up dialogues around Chinese identity, by facilitating relationship-building and creative expression within and beyond Canberra’s Chinese community.
This work-in-process brings together emerging Chinese artists and uses specific sites and structured activities to encourage an exploration of “what is Chinese,” and an understanding of the complexity of identity labels.
Bio of participants Wǒ-in-process (Wǒ[我]: I, me)
黑芝麻 (Hei Zhi Ma), a graduate of FBi Dance Class 2019, is intimately involved in those underground scenes that keep the culture moving and growing despite what is going on above the surface. To her, music is about sharing and celebrating diversity. Her use of narrative style mixes explores topics around cultural identity and belonging, environmentalism, and sensuality. Her love lies deep in techno, jungle, and experimental sound.
Jacqueline Meng is a Canberra based Chinese-Australian artist and graduate from the ANU School of Art and Design. Majoring in painting, her art brings together a wide range of references to hybrid cultural identities, including the mass production of visual content in the age of Instagram culture, iconography throughout history, and pop culture. Working across a variety of disciplines, her work investigates ideas of race, consumer culture, and content sharing in the digital age.
Jing Zhang is graduating from the Master of Art History and Curatorial Study (Advanced) program of the Australian National University (ANU). Her research interests include postsocialist aesthetics, art and politics, postmodern visual discourse, urbanization, Marxist aesthetic study. Her most recent research thesis is Postsocialist Urban Aesthetics in the Pearl River Delta Region, 1970s and 1980s (2020). She was also a creative collaborator who conducted interviews and made collages and videos for the virtual exhibition inoutsider.com.
Joanne Leong is a current student at the Australian National University. Now based in Canberra, she was born to Malaysian-Chinese parents in Hong Kong shortly before the end of British sovereignty over the former port colony. Her work explores belonging, identity and strategies for navigating spaces between cultures. Her medium include sound, installation, video, language and so on.
Sydney Farey is a multimedia artist, primarily working in printmaking and ceramics, with a Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in Printmedia and Drawing from ANU. Her work draws together elements of western and eastern cultures and cross cultural communication with a focus on personal narratives inspired by her family history and shared experiences. She is also interested in books as a form of communication, including single edition artist books and small circulation zines.
Zhi is a Malaysian poet/artist based on unceded Ngunnawal and Ngambri country. In 2019, she was selected as part of the inaugural Cahoots Program in which her food/poem/film work, The Moon Is Beautiful, Isn’t It? (2019), was developed. Her debut poetry collection, blur by the (2020), was a co-recipient of the 2019 Anne Elder Award and was shortlisted for the 2020 Mary Gilmore Award.
Guest Creative Researcher
Canberra based Chinese photographer and videographer Yuexin Zhao has been honing her skills in landscape photography, self-portrait and other digital content for the past few years. Yuexin often get inspirations from her lifestyle and passion about outdoor activities. She is currently trying to blend her sports experience with landscape photography skills to bring about a perfect marriage of her two passions. Inspired by female artists and lecturers she has worked with, she is also planning to start an oral history project on equal rights for women in China.
The project is created by Zora Pang
Zora/Linyi Pang is a current Curatorship student at the Australian National University (ANU) focusing on relational and dialogical art. She was the project coordinator of “Welcome Home” Roundtable & Mapping Workshop at 2017-2018 Shenzhen\Hongkong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) in Shenzhen, China. She was also an intern at the Foundation of National Gallery of Australia (NGA) and an intern with collection manager at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA). She is an artist of the You Are Here Canberra Cahoots 2020 program. Her other current projects include #Water_Voices and #NonProjectCBR.