In a lecture-performance commissioned for the exhibition Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art, artist Enoch Cheng explores the relationship between garmenting and personal well-being. Cheng will address the history of how garments have been made, how the various textures of garments contribute to the senses of the wearer, and how the functionality of garments allows or restricts movement. These subjects will be “performed” through the construction and deconstruction of multiple custom-made garments. The performance will be approximately 40 minutes and will be followed by a talk back.
Enoch Cheng is an artist whose practice spans moving image, installation, curating, dance, events, theatre, writing, fashion, performance, and pedagogy. His works explore recurrent themes of place, travel, care, cross-cultural history, fiction, memory, time, migration, and extinction. He was a grantee of Asian Cultural Council Fellowship (2020); artist-in-residence at American Museum of Natural History, New York (2020); Laureate, Institut Francais, Paris (2018); and artist-fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2017–2018).