Let Individuals Represent Individuals
A talk with Carol Yinghua Lu & Liu Ding
Organized by Henry Heng Lu
Interpreted by Yun-Jou Chang
Thursday, June 18, 2020, 7 PM (Vancouver)
Through Beijing-based Carol Yinghua Lu & Liu Ding's daily conversations and their contributions to "Letters Against Separation" on e-flux, they've had a chance to reflect on the impacts of COVID-19, not just on the everyday life in a practical way but on their conception of the existing orders of organization that condition our lives. They have observed a general overdependence and almost blind trust on larger structures, systems and framework of thinking as well as a universal abstraction of individual positions, conditions and subjectivities. The rhetoric around COVID-19 has pivoted on politics and its problematic, yet they argue that politics can only represent and emulate an abstract form of the society consisting of countless individuals, but not actual individuals.
As a curatorial team, the duo have curated Little Movements: Self-practice in Contemporary Art I\II\III (2011, 2013, 2015); The 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (2012), From the Issue of Art to the Issue of Position: Echoes of Socialist Realism (2014), New Measurement and Qian Weikang: Two Case Studies in Early Chinese Conceptual Art (2015), Salon Salon: Fine Art Practices from 1972 to 1982 in Profile—A Beijing Perspective (2015) and Factories, Machines, and the Poet's Words: Echoes of the Realities in Art (2019). Their ongoing practice of exhibition and publication making establishes organic connections between history and the contemporary, investigates and narrates historical realities from multiple perspectives.
Pacific Crossings is an ongoing series of events conceived by Bopha Chhay, Allison Collins, Shaun Dacey (Richmond Art Gallery), and Makiko Hara, and is currently programmed by Collins, Dacey, Hara, Jesse Birch (Nanaimo Art Gallery), and Henry Heng Lu (Centre A).
For more info: centrea.org/pacific-crossings