RU Talk: New Family

When 28 Mar 2018
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Where Residency Unlimited (RU)
360 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
United States

Wu Jianru’s upcoming New Family project features the urgent tendency of diversifying relationship structures in East Asia. With the phasing out of the one-child policy in China, an irreplaceable national biopolitical experiment, the millennial generations’ unborn siblings await historicization. Monogamy, the core of the traditional family is menaced by the dramatic rise of Sangs (a generation of giving up), while professional affection, friendship, filial piety, apology, and comfort are available and affordable through mobile apps. In the presentation at RU, Wu will share her curatorial research regarding this evolving formation of Asian families followed by a conversation with Zoe Jiang Meng, the Ph.D. candidate of cinema study in NYU, while showing the work by NY based artist Dachal Choi.

Wu Jianru is a critic and curator based in Beijing, she previously worked as a senior editor at LEAP magazine, is also contributing to Artforum international and the Art Newspaper China. Wu Jianru organized exhibitions, talks, art fair events within China. 2015, she co-founded a non-profit space “THE OFFICE” in Beijing focusing on the art and economy environment in China. Wu Jianru is the Asian Culture Council Fellow and current curator in residence at RU.

Zoe Meng Jiang is a Ph.D. candidate in comparative literature at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She receied her B.A. at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China, and her M.A. at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. In addition to teaching, she has experience as a film producer and the development of fine arts exhibits.

Dachal Choi is a New York based visual artist who was born in Seoul, Korea. As part of the millennial generation in Korea where the youth have a loose group consciousness yet still holds a strong need for public display and affirmation, her interest lies in the estrangements existing in a sense of community and personal identityFrom Christmas as propaganda, to instant family, to rented friendships, her practice sews ambivalent values together to question instability and uncertainty within individuals and the societies they are members to.

This program is made possible with support from the Asian Cultural Council (ACC).

Photo courtesy of the organizer/s.

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