Till We Meet Again IRL, Best Wishes, Asia-Art-Activism

*For Immediate Release*

29 OCT – 29 NOV 2020

We are still connected, though far apart. By our histories, stories, food, dreams, hopes…

Bagri Foundation is pleased to support Asia-Art-Activism’s multidisciplinary art programme Till We Meet Again IRL, Best Wishes, Asia-Art-Activism,  a new collective programme in response to a rapidly changing world.

From 29 October to 29 November 2020, Till We Meet Again IRL, Best Wishes, Asia-Art-Activism presents a digital programme curated with hopeful longing and through a process of emergent collective dreaming about how we might arise together through recent global anxieties due to the pandemic, worldwide political and civil unrest, and re-invent globalized and capitalist-driven relational structures that have proven dysfunctional and untenable.

Till We Meet Again IRL shares a programme of online exhibitions, performances, reading sessions, workshops, live conversations, audio broadcasts, and a collection of videos with four suggested screening pathways.

Highlights include:

• Three online exhibitions;
• Towards All & Nothing (in reflection), an archive and performance documentation exhibition by Bettina Fung;
• From the Floor to…, an experimental photographic exhibition exploring portraiture, representation, and mental health by Caroline Gervay;
• In Virtual Return We (can’t) Dehaunt, an anthropological VR and video work exploring dislocation and childhood homes, by Yarli Allison;
• Participatory food, cooking and stories exchange workshop, A Picnic In Apart, by Quek Jia Qi;
• Online screening programme with 10 films by transnational artists from the UK, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Los Angeles.

Featuring: Alfred Marasigan, Annie Jael Kwan, Arianna Mercado, Bettina Fung, Caro Gervay, Cuong Pham, Ghost & John, Howl Yuan, Joel Tan, Li Song, Lynn Lu, Maiko Jinushi, Mengting Zhuo, Mia Cabalfin, Minghe Hai, Nicholas Tee, Pei Chi Wu, Queer Bangladesh, Quek Jia Qi, Sam Reynolds, Sit Weng San, Songkun Wan, Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi, Tzu-Yun Liang, Yanzhen Wu, Yarli Allison, Youngsook Choi

Curated by Annie Jael Kwan, Arianna Mercado, Cuong Pham, Howl Yuan.

“Is it still ‘home’ if it is unfamiliar? Is it ‘meaningful’ if it is temporary and changing? Earlier this year I was unexpectedly stuck halfway across the world in Tokyo when the pandemic caused flight cancellations and global restrictions on travel. Being ‘exiled’ while experiencing the unfolding events and the anxieties of the previous months, raised many questions of where I felt secure, cared for, what I missed, and made me question what a sustainable and fulfilling mode of working and living might look like. The reconfiguring of spatial and temporal realities was significant – it affected how I have come to understand a new distance and connection, time and healing, kinship, and solidarity. With this opportunity to rest, recognise, and reset, I wish to rethink where I situate my attention and energy, and how I intend to take responsibility.” – Annie Jael Kwan, Co-Curator

“The Bagri Foundation is excited to support AAA, who represent an important group of practitioners and epitomise the idea of collective solidarity. The impact of this recent period on Asian and diasporic bodies has been particularly hard, and this programme provides a great opportunity to envision a different, more hopeful future through the lens of artists.” – Chelsea Pettitt, Head of Arts

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For press information, please contact Albany Arts Communications:

Mark Inglefield
t: +44 (0) 20 78 79 88 95; m: +44 (0) 75 84 19 95 00

Carla von der Becke
t: +44 (0) 20 78 79 88 95; m: + 44 (0) 79 74 25 29 94

Notes to Editors

Asia-Art-Activism (AAA) was launched in 2018 as a voluntary interdisciplinary, intergenerational and inter- sectional network of practitioners, and invited to take up residence at Raven Row in London, alongside other collectives of marginalized communities. ‘Taking space’ as a group of Asian, migrant, and diasporic bodies was activated as both a performative and political gesture in London, a historical site of colonial institutions and traditional instruments of power. From August 2018 to December 2019, AAA has presented a series of performances, presentations, mini-residencies, workshops and other events as part of a programme that was aimed at complicating the imaginary of ‘Asia’ while nurturing questions related to collectivising and solidarity at the intersections of art and activism. www.asia-art-activism.net

For more information on how to book the programme’s events visit https://tillwemeetagainirl.wordpress.com

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