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Round Table Discussion: Worldmaking
Join us for a live virtual round table discussion and catalogue launch. Join artists Ness Lee and Florence Yee, along with guest writers Dr. Casey Mecija and Elisha Lim, as they speculate on how queer Asian artistic practice is a form of worldmaking. Moderated by Marissa Largo.

This program is presented alongside the exhibition Elusive Desires: Ness Lee and Florence Yee.

About the exhibition:

Elusive Desires traces the intimacies and (be)longings of two queer Asian diasporic artists: Ness Lee (they/she) and Florence Yee (they/theirs). Both descendants of the Chinese diaspora (Hakka and Cantonese, respectively), Lee and Yee queer mythologies of the this country, the settler colonial imaginaries that pervade Canadian art history, and trouble notions of seamless assimilation into a society that leaves much to be desired.

The artists’ desires and affects, as embodied through illustration, painting, installation, embroidery, and sculpture, visualize gendered, sexual, and racial difference, but do so in alluring and sometimes, ironic ways. The promises of affirmation offered by conventional institutions – as in archives, citizenship, and the heterosexual marriage – are elusive for these two artists, who instead, propose affinities, diasporic kinships, and relationalities that centre care and equity.

Elusive Desires seeks to create a space in which the often-obscured subjectivities and intimacies of queer Asian diaspora are brought to the fore in the archive, gallery, and public realm.

Curated by Marissa Largo

Nov 18, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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