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Research Network: Global Re-Visions

Talk Vicissitudes of Crossing Borders Xiaoyi Nie and Bo Choy

11 Feb 2021

Join us as we explore the way in which migration between mainland China, Hong Kong and ‘the West’ across generations has been entangled with internationalism, identity politics and globalisation

  • Venue

    Online

  • Date

    Thursday 11 February 2021 (TBC)

  • Time

    12-2pm

  • Free, booking required.

Responding to each other and using different timestamps as points of evocation, researcher Xiaoyi Nie and artist Bo Choy will present “Vicissitudes of Crossing Borders: Temporal Experience in the Geopolitical Landscape of London, Hong Kong and Mainland China”. They will explore the way in which migration between mainland China, Hong Kong and ‘the West’ across generations has been entangled with internationalism, identity politics and globalisation, throwing questions into the concept of ‘one nation’, ‘Chineseness’ and ‘the international’.

Nie will focus on her research on project ‘Long March: A Walking Visual Display’ (China, 2002), a curatorial calling for an assembly of disparate participants in response to the international phenomenon ‘Chinese contemporary art’, while Choy will present her concept of the different “end times” that Hong Kong had experienced both before the handover and under the current ‘One Country, Two Systems’.

Biographies

Xiaoyi Nie is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Royal College of Art. Her research looks into the emergence of curating as a research and collective-mobilising instrument in project ‘Long March: A Walking Visual Display’ (2002, China), with the understanding towards the tension of identity politics and between the local and the international accumulated during the 1990s. She has been recently given the AICA-UK Emerging Art Writers Fellowship (2020-20201).  Her curatorial practice includes research exhibition ‘Metamorphosis: Art Practices Now Activating Archives and Public Memories’ (co-curator, OCAT Institute, 2018), Jimei-Arles Discovery Award (curator, Xiamen, 2017), online project ‘One Reading The Views’ and ‘Itinerant Assembly’ (co-curator, Gasworks&RCA, 2017).

Bo Choy is a Hong Kong-born artist working across film, performance and sound. Recent screenings, performances and exhibitions include VII Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow Museum of Art, 2020; Kasseler DokFest 2020, Tomorrow: London, White Cube Online Exhibition, 2020;  A/WA session at Auto-Italia, London, 2018 and the 6th Thessaloniki Biennale. She is a recipient of Clare Winsten Memorial Award 2020 and Felix Slade Scholarship 2018.

Image: War of Perception, 2020. Film still. ©Bo Choy