Please come and join us this Friday (27th July 7 to 8.30/9pm) when we will be hosting our first Researcher-In-Residence Sharing Session with Will Pham and Matthew Wang. Both artists are in residence at the Raven Row Asia-Art-Activism space from 9th July to 31st August 2018. The sharing sessions are a way for researchers to open up their working process to scrutiny and collective discussion. Free but please book a place here.
Will Pham will be screening ‘An Viet‘ (2018) followed by a Q & A with those present and facilitated by Erika Tan and Matthew Wang will be showing work and presenting remotely via skype from Singapore.
The Researcher-In-Residence format has been devised as a way in which artists, curators, researchers whose interests interconnect to that of Asia-Art-Activism, can be supported by and share space with other Asia-Art-Activism members at Raven Row. If you are interested to find out more about this, or other aspects of Asia-Art-Activism’s work, please come and join us, or find us on Facebook or here: https://asia-art-activism.net
We are also interested in setting up further Peer-To-Peer practice sharing sessions – if you are interested in joining us, please get in touch with Erika directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asia-Art-Activism is a cross-disciplinary and intergenerational network of artists, curators and academics investigating ‘Asia’, ‘art’ and ‘activism’ in the UK.
Photo credit: An Viet, Will Pham. Image©Andy Keate
Will Pham: (b. 1990, London) is a British-Chinese/Vietnamese artist working in video, live performance and socially engaged practise. His work engages with issues relating to intergenerational relationships and questions around cultural inheritance, community building and refugee narratives within the UK. His most recent work is a collaboration with Cuong Pham and Hau-Yu Tam, focusing on the history of the An Viet Foundation- a community centre in Hackney serving Vietnamese refugees for over 35 years. It was founded by Mr Vu Thanh Khanh MBE who was a Vietnamese boat refugee and the first Vietnamese councillor for Hackney.
Pham graduated from BA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art & Design in 2013 and Postgraduate Fine Art at the Royal Academy Schools in June 2018. Selected group exhibitions include: ‘Record, Retrieve, Reactivate’ at An Viet Foundation, 2018, ‘Law in the Limelight’ at Arebyte Gallery, 2018, ‘Gender, Identity & Material’ at The Royal Academy of Art, 2017 and ‘Fictive Dreams’ at ICA Singapore, 2016. He was awarded the ‘Breathe’ residency from the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art in Manchester to visit Taipei Artist Village later this year, ‘Gasworks International Fellowship’ to Hangar, Lisbon in 2015 and the ‘CCW Artists Moving Image Award’ at The South London Gallery in 2011. He is a member of Asia-Art-Activism research network. He lives and works in London.
Matthew Wang: My work in recent years has taken a social turn and can be framed in terms of a privileging of exchange. Exchange suggesting overlap, a bringing together of two or more elements, a cross-pollination, and friction which may result in mutual growth; it is in exchange that potent questions and problems are revealed. I enjoy participating in spaces of exchange where power relationships are explored, and where people can relate to each other in new and unexpected ways. I also feel compelled to unravel forces that prevent exchanges from taking place or ones that alter the conditions of those interactions — borders, mediums of communication, or regimes of knowledge, to name a few
As my work is not medium-specific, I would consider what I offer as an artist to be an approach — creative thinking and an ability to respond to scenarios in interesting ways; a voice that seeks to ask better questions. I try to respond to each encounter on its own merit and in the most ethically modest way I can, but I also do not consider an ethical approach to be the primary driver of my work. I think of my current approach as a process of setting and resetting. While I would want to refuse any need to practice in a way that has a recognisable style, I would like to think of work developing from one to the next in a cumulative process of learning with no particular end. In this sense, I would say that my work is anthropological, that is, it often starts off as simple queries or curiosities which are researched, tested and expanded into something larger.
Photo credit: Becoming Ted Green, Matthew Wang. Image©Matthew Wang