The International Chinese Fine Arts Council creates programs that support and encourage the sharing of resources, the building of communities, and the fostering of creative and professional development of Overseas Chinese in the Arts.
We develop our programs in response to and to evolve with valuable input from our community and the kind contributions of members of our creative network. We also feature events by our affiliates and those we feel fit our mission. We are open to ideas and collaborations so shoot us a message and let’s connect!
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DIM SUM DIALOGUES
Dim Sum Dialogues is a quarterly series of panel discussions based on the idea of sharing valuable knowledge, experience, and insight, led by members of the creative community.
It was created as a platform to call for visibility, discourse, and intersectional unity in the face of social issues. While these complex and deeply rooted problems cannot be solved in one afternoon, we believe conversations like these can spread positivity, make a difference, and bring – as Dim Sum literally translates to – “a light touch on the heart”.
DIM SUM DIALOGUES #1
Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 Racism in the Creative Community
28 MAY 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear that the fear of contracting disease has an ugly cousin: racism. As the coronavirus has spread through the United States, discrimination against Asian – along with Black and Latinx communities – have followed closely behind. Furthermore, the details of the pandemic’s impact has brought to light the striking wider economic disparities in various industries. Among those made vulnerable are members of the creative – whose livelihoods are threatened by the disappearance of the gig and performance economy.
The first event’s topic covers how to face and navigate the current social situation, stand in solidarity and fight back. With Dee Kerrison, Dejha Carrington, Karen Tam, Mel Chin, Phil Chan, and Theresa Mah. A recording of the talk, resources shared by panelists and attendees, and more information on our panelists is up on our Dim Sum Resources page, linked below.
DIM SUM DIALOGUES #2
Navigating the In-Between: Bridging Cultural and Generational Gaps in 2020
24 SEPTEMBER 2020
For many, the COVID-19 lockdown and recession means being confined at home or in restricted spaces, whether it be online or offline. From trends, to beliefs, to lifestyles, and in many cases, identities, we may find ourselves in a constant struggle between our perspectives and others. While these cultural and generational differences have always been part of relational lives, for better or for worse, we seem to be forced to reckon with it now, more than ever before.
In Overseas Chinese families and communities, there’s a lot of rhetoric of avoiding confrontation – where the negativity associated with having a conversation where one may create conflict or challenge each other’s viewpoints becomes a barrier preventing mutual understanding and real dialogues from being made.
The webinar will dive into the intersections between relationships, communications, and culture. With Andrew Wong – Michelin star chef, anthropologist, and cultural observer; Anthony Key – artist, cultural iconographer, and historical narrator; Jenny Wang – licensed psychologist, Asian diaspora mental health specialist, and creator of @asiansformentalhealth; Laura Auricchio – Dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center, Professor of Art History, and author; Sin-Ying Ho – porcelain ceramic master, associate professor, and MFA chair of Department of Art at Queens College; moderated by Inez Suen, ICFAC Director.
DIM SUM DIALOGUES #3
3 DECEMBER 2020
DIM SUM DIALOGUES #4
14 JANUARY 2021
18 FEBRUARY 2021
DIM SUM DIALOGUES #5
13 MAY 2021
DIM SUM DIALOGUES #6
12 AUGUST 2021
DIM SUM DIALOGUES #7
11 NOVEMBER 2021
SPACES OF EXCHANGE
Spaces of Exchange is a bi-monthly online initiative created in collaboration with independent curator of Triptych Arts, Jacqueline Kok. Borne in response to the racism due to the pandemic as well as the need for uncomfortable conversations over a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to: activism, the notion of identity, political violence, and the failing capitalist system, Spaces of Exchange aims to connect international and national Chinese art professionals and generate moments and conversations that allow for deeper understanding, learning, and unpacking.
Spaces of Exchange features a conversation between two arts professionals, with one moderator. No two participants will be based in the same area - the idea of this project to generate conversations between art professionals who have different physical, experiential, psychological backgrounds. Conversations will revolve around topics related to “Chineseness”, the notion of being Chinese in different sociopolitical and geographical settings, and relevant contemporary issues in the Chinese Diaspora creative community.
SPACES OF EXCHANGE #1
Myths and Legends: Beyond Chinese-ness
28 JULY 2020
For SE’s inaugural session, Furen Dai, Catalina Ouyang, and Jacqueline Kok explore revisionist capabilities of historical narratives including myths and legends. The discussion considers how both artists cite these stories whilst navigating in and beyond established structures across generations and geographies: Dai's interest in languages has led her to Nüshu, a secret language created in China to defy patriarchal society, while Ouyang turns to folklore as a source of counternarratives, new spatio-temporal formations, and spiritual surrogates.
A recording of the talk can be found through the link below.
SPACES OF EXCHANGE #2
Chinese Identity and Gender Roles
7 OCTOBER 2020
For SE’s second session, Rose Mary, Jia Sung and Jacqueline Kok will delve into the meaning of gender within and beyond the international Chinese context. The discussion will unpack how both artists channel, appropriate and hijack these definitions in their work and consider the implications behind such acts.
Rose Mary's interest in drag has led her to explore the different ways in which drag can be contextualized, while Jia Sung seeks to critique and subvert common narratives and value systems found within folklore.
SPACES OF EXCHANGE #3
Painting Reality: What Is Going On Right Now?
23 OCTOBER 2020
For SE’s third session, Misato Pang, Susan Chen and Jacqueline Kok will unpack the rich and layered meanings of the Asian-American experience. Anchored on the theme of being exposed and raised in the context of two (or more) cultures, the discussion will explore how both artists tap into and illustrate their understanding of their ever-changing surrounding contexts in their paintings and consider the nuances behind the fast-growing online international Asian community, Subtle Asian Traits.
Pang’s abstract Fauvist paintings are inspired by her interest in cultural events, like social phenomenon and political discourse in Asia, while Chen’s intimate portraits of Asian Americans become an entry point to better grasp the psychology of race, from various lenses and perspectives.
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