Personal mythologies: the heart is a heavy burden (part 2)

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Guest curator Sophia Cai and exhibiting artists Tian Baker, Jenna Lee, Cindy Lien and Renee So discuss their work – online event

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Wednesday 07 September 2022 07:00 pm until Wednesday 07 September 2022 08:30 pm (Add to calendar)
Amelia Wallin
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La Trobe Art Institute, Tiyan Baker, Sophia Cai (chair), Jenna Lee, Cindy Lien, Renee So
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Join guest curator Sophia Cai and exhibiting artists Tiyan Baker, Jenna Lee, Cindy Lien and Renee So as they discuss their work and the exhibition Personal mythologies.

Sophia Cai is a curator and arts writer. She currently teaches as a sessional lecturer in Critical and Theoretical Studies at the VCA, the University of Melbourne. Cai is particularly interested in Asian art histories and the intersections between contemporary art and craft. Her work pursues feminist curatorial methodologies and community building as forms of political resistance. Personal mythologies is her first major exhibition in a regional centre. It explores questions of ‘Asian-ness’ through providing space for diasporic, feminist, lived experiences.

Tiyan Baker is a Malaysian Bidayǔh/Anglo-Australian artist who makes video and installation art. She uses documentary techniques and digital processes to reveal bias, frailty and failure in established discourses. Baker’s practice also engages with her Bidayǔh heritage, piecing together language, landscape and story to celebrate Bidayǔh knowledge and explore its radical potential to upend Western ideologies.

Jenna Lee is a Gulumerridjin (Larrakia), Wardaman and KarraJarri Saltwater woman with mixed Japanese, Chinese, Filipina and Anglo-Australian ancestry. Using art to explore and celebrate her many overlapping identities, Lee works across sculpture, installation, moving image and photography. With a practice focused on materiality and ancestral material culture, Lee works with notions of the archive, histories of colonial collecting and settler-colonial books and texts. Lee builds on a foundation of her father’s teachings of culture and her mother’s teachings of papercraft to create work in which she, her family and the broader mixed First Nations community may see themselves represented.

Cindy Lien is a Taiwanese artist born in the north-eastern port city of Keelung. Using imagery drawn from dreams and memories, Lien creates distinctive scenes that draw on her personal experience and daily life. Across a range of materials, including fabric, thread, wools, glitter, beads and found craft materials, Lien intends to create feelings of warmth and safety. Through the practice of making each work, she re-examines what the memory of the past can look like in the present.

Renee So works with yarn fibre and clay, creating enigmatic characters in her tapestries and ceramics that suggest myriad diverging lineages and cultural histories. In this exhibition, her multifaceted works evoke 16th-century German stoneware jugs with their trademark Bellarmine bearded face, Greco-Roman sculptures, Assyrian friezes, prehistoric pottery and cartoon graphics.

Image: Tiyan Baker, Invocation to be visited by a crocodile I, 2022, and Invocation to be visited by a crocodile III, 2022. Photo: Leon Schoots

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