Colonial constructs of Australian identity have politically and culturally distanced Australia from its geographical neighbours. Despite this, and in the face of the immigration restriction act, the Asian communities have had a long and significant history of contributing to Australia.
HYPHENATED presents the work of a number of contemporary Asian-Australian artists living locally in Victoria, offering varying perspectives of issues, from the personal to the global, through a hyphenated lens.
Focused around the issues emerging from the HYPHENATED exhibition at Substation (22 March- 21 April, 2018) this symposium asks questions about how Asian inter-cultural identity informs contemporary art practices and how the participating artists converse with these issues. Artists come together to discuss what a ‘hyphenated’ sense of a cultural self means for each artist’s work, and the way concepts of cultural identity are used – and potentially mis-used – in social, cultural and political discourse.
While colonial constructs of Australian-ness have too often been used to instill fear and misunderstanding with our regional neighbours, it is increasingly recognised that the new world, intercultural identities so many of us share, are one of Australia’s greatest pools of creativity and strength. Hear the artists speak and join the discussion, with drinks and snacks to close.
Presented by The SUBSTATION.
This event is produced in association with Multicultural Arts Victoria.
Art work credit: Nikki Lam, Still…what is left, 2017, HD video.
Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 5-7 PM
The Green Brain Room, RMIT University
Building 22, Level 7
330 Swanston Street (corner LaTrobe)
Melbourne, Vic 3000