Tiffany Chung will discuss her comparative study of forced migration through the current global refugee crises, most notably the ongoing Syrian humanitarian crisis, and the post-1975 Vietnamese mass exodus. The Syria Project consists of cartographic works tracing the colonial partitioning of the Middle East with politically constructed borders, and mapping areas of conflict and the growing numbers of refugee camps, tracking statistical data related to deaths, refugee and IDP numbers. The Vietnam Exodus Project unpacks important asylum policies that were emerged and imposed on the Vietnamese refugees through artistic forms and discussion platforms, providing insights into the constant shifts in international asylum policy making on already traumatized and distressed people.
The lecture will look into Chungs extensive academic research and ethnographic fieldwork as well as how the accumulated figures, archival records and lived-experience of the displaced population are rendered into infographic topographies, paintings and text-based works. Chung will also discuss the complexity of reconstructing histories with fluctuating data and shifting boundaries, and her commitment to challenging the politically driven historical amnesia in countries currently under dictatorship.
Tiffany Chung is internationally noted for her exquisite cartographic drawings and installations that examine conflict, migration, displacement, urban progress and transformation in relation to history and cultural memory. Conducting intensive studies on the impacts of geographical shifts and imposed political borders on different groups of human populations, Chungs work excavates layers of history, re-writes chronicles of places, and creates interventions into the spatial and political narratives produced through statecraft.
Selected museum exhibitions and biennials include: Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter, MoMA, New York, USA; IMPERMANENCIA Mutable Art in a Materialist Society, XIII Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador; 10th Taipei Biennial, Taiwan; Still (The) Barbarians, EVA International Irelands Biennial; Illumination, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Sonsbeek, Museum Arnhem, Netherlands; All The Worlds Futures, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy; Our Land/Alien Territory, Museum & Exhibition Center Manege, Moscow, Russia; My Voice Would Reach You, Rice University & Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA; Residual: Disrupted Choreographies, Carré dArt Musée dArt Contemporain, Nîmes, France; Sharjah Biennial, UAE; California Pacific Triennial, Newport Beach, USA; 7th Asia Pacific Triennial, Brisbane, Australia; and Six Lines of Flight, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA.
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Berkeleys Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium is an internationally recognized forum for presenting new ideas that challenge conventional wisdom about art, technology, and culture. This series, free of charge and open to the public, presents artists, writers, curators, and scholars who consider contemporary issues at the intersection of aesthetic expression, emerging technologies, and cultural history, from a critical perspective.