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    Assembly | A Conversation with John Young and Nikki Lam

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    Assemblyย embraces the resonance and dissonance between the diverse creative practices of artists from different generations of migration from Hong Kong. This panel discussion invites Assembly artists John Young and Nikki Lam to discuss their exhibition works, as well as the strategic negotiations with โ€˜Australian artโ€™ in their respective practices. The panel will address their work both as artists as well as significant community organisers, advocates and educators, considering intergenerational change and exchange in Asian Australian art.ย 

    This event is part of theย Assemblyย exhibition.

    About the Speakers

    Nikki Lamย (b.1988, Hong Kong) is a visual artist and curator based who moved to Australia in 2005 to study. Working primarily with moving images, her work explores memory, belonging and the complexity of diasporic expression. Lam is co-director of Hyphenated Projects and curator at The Substation, Melbourne. Her work was exhibited in the 2023ย Primavera: Young Australian Artistsย exhibition, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, as well asย Melbourne Nowย (2023), at the National Gallery of Victoria.

    John Young AMย ๆฅŠๅญๆฆฎย (b.1956, Hong Kong)ย is one of Australia's most senior Asian Australian artists. Over four decades, Youngโ€™s work has explored postmodern philosophy and aesthetics, cultural hybridity and most recently, acts of compassion in the face of historical trauma, in his History Projects. His works have been shown in major exhibitions both in Australia and abroad, including at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, ย in 1995; they have also been collected by major public institutions, including M+ Museum, Hong Kong. In 1995 Young co-founded what is now 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, serving as its chair for many years. In 2020, Young was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the visual arts.

    Dr Olivier Krischerย is a historian and curator of modern and contemporary art and photomedia from East Asia and its diasporas. He is currently a lecturer in the MA Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSW Art and Design, and lecturer of modern and contemporary Asian art history at the National Art School, Sydney. Previous curatorial projects includeย Wei Leng Tay โ€“ Abridgeย (2021) andย Wayfaring: Photography in 1970s-80s Taiwanย (2021, co-curated with Dr. Shuxia Chen); and he is editor and co-editor ofย John Young: The History Projectsย (Power Publications, 2024),ย Zhang Peili: from Painting to Videoย (ANU Press, 2019) andย Asia through Art and Anthropology: Cultural Translation Across Bordersย (2013, with F. Nakamura, M. Perkins).

    The CIW Gallery will also be open from 12 to 4 pm on Saturday 4 May 2024.


    Left: Nikki Lam,ย the unshakeable destiny_2101, 2021, still, 16 mm film transferred to 2K digital with sound, courtesy the artist

    Right: John Young,ย Hong Kong Burns, 2000, detail, digital print and oil on canvas, 288 x 138cm,ย courtesy the artist

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