Seeds and Memory: Asian Diaspora Reimagined

October 24, 2023 – October 29, 2023
My Gallery NYC

587 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

We are thrilled to announce an experimental show—”Seeds and Memory“—that brings together installation art, performance, and community engagement in an array of Asian diasporic voices. At its core lies the forthcoming artist’s book, “Seeds and Memory: Asian Cookbook,” which explores food as the clandestine tongue of the diaspora, a catalyst for sisterhood, and a subversive force challenging the undervaluation of culinary traditions and their role in shaping racial and cultural hierarchies.

The Philosophy. Arising from an interdisciplinary ethos, “Seeds and Memory” is an experience that resonates with an eclectic symphony of voices—BIPOC, women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. This synergistic confluence aims to create a harmonic dissonance that defies singular labels, presenting instead a cacophonous beauty that demands attention. The outcome is an artist’s book accompanied by an exhibition and ritual, charting sensory domains yet to be fully explored.

The Installation as Futuristic Temple. The magic unfolds at MyGallery from October 24th to 29th as the space metamorphoses into a mesmerizing tableau accentuated by neon lights, videos, and textiles suspended from the ceiling. The Installation is a time-travel experience and an embodiment of narratives, social comments, and identities.

Communal Altar & Community Engagement. In the spirit of collective creativity and heritage, we are curating a communal altar—an installation dedicated to our collective ancestry. Artists come to co-create this symbolic monument each day between 2-5 PM, with materials thoughtfully provided for this creative endeavor. Furthermore, on October 26th, from 7-8:30 PM, the community is invited to participate in the co-creation of the altar—a collab—a collaborative act that breaks down barriers and fosters unity.

The performance. Our week-long series culminates in a striking performance on Saturday, October 28th, from 7-8:30 PM. In this evocative session, writers/performers will sit beside their neon-lit installations, telling their stories to each other and the audience. The movement will dance with words, and art will merge with the intangible, culminating in an Asian ritual by Lead Collaborator and Director Fei Li, alongside writer Aurvi Sharma and artist Rabiga Marx.

This project is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), administered by Brooklyn Arts Council, and is fiscally sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts.