Export Exchange with CFGNY & Dawn Chan
6 Feb 2020
7:00PM - 9:00PM
264 Canal Street, 3W
New York, NY 10013
How is Asian-American identity forged and perceived, especially through the global circulation of styles (and the materials used to craft them)? How might that identity be visualized as a plurality as opposed to some sort of “Asian” singular? Collective and fashion label CFGNY (Concept Foreign Garments New York) will consider these questions in a lecture on recent work, focusing on the capsule collection and campaign video Synthetic Blend V.
Synthetic Blend V is part of Can I Leave You?, Triple Canopy’s multimedia installation at the RISD Museum, on view through July. Synthetic Blend V responds to Pendleton House, which was built in 1906 to exhibit the bequest of Charles Pendleton and established the first museum wing devoted to American decorative arts. Prompted by the collection’s presentation of Chinese export products as integral to the development of American identity, CFGNY worked with tailors in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to develop designs that elaborate on the label’s notion of “vaguely Asian” aesthetics.
The lecture by CFGNY will be followed by a response by writer and editor Dawn Chan. Chan has written extensively about digital and new media art’s evolving relationship to the formation and politics of identity, such as the techno-Orientalist tropes that result in the erasure of Asian-American artists. The event will conclude with a discussion moderated by Triple Canopy senior editor Matthew Shen Goodman.
Export Exchange is part of the forthcoming twenty-seventh issue of Triple Canopy, which will scrutinize the narratives that animate nationalism and populism and propose the invention of truer stories, alternative realities. The issue will address fictions that come to be understood as real and fundamental to a common identity or are discredited, dismissed, but nonetheless persist as artifacts of thwarted desires, unrealized polities or peoples.
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