Neither Black/Red/Yellow Nor Woman

Curated by Nikita Yingqian Cai and Xiaoyu Weng

28 September 2019 – 4 January 2020

Participating Artists: Chang Wen-Hsuan, Dachal Choi, Chitra Ganesh, Jane Jin Kaisen, Iris Kensmil, Sylbee Kim, Mai Ling, Laura Huertas Millán, Sara Modiano, Mai-Thu Perret, Thao Nguyen Phan, Arin Rungjang, Shen Xin, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Evelyn Taocheng Wang, Wang Zhibo, Luka Yuanyuan Yang & Carlo Nasisse, Mia Yu

Inspired by Trinh T. Minh-ha’s belief in the empowerment of writing and storytelling, the exhibition Neither Black / Red / Yellow nor Womandeparts from an imaginary encounter between three Asian women artists in Europe – Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951–1982), Pan Yuliang (1895–1977), and Trinh T. Minh-ha (b. 1952) – and is informed by their worksand archives. The stories of Yuliang, Theresa, and Minh-ha are exceptional stories about women searching for their voices as artists and struggle with their identity-impasse, while navigating through various cultural, geographical, and historical contexts. We question whether we could venture to say we are also Yuliang, Theresa, or Minh-ha, and whether there could have been empathy and resonance regardless of our different personal trajectories, cultural identifications, ideological positions, and understandings of gender.

The current crisis of identitarian politics manifests the antagonistic dichotomy that haunts our relationship with the past, present, and future. By retracing the transnational journeys of various female protagonists through the colonial memories before and after the World War II and the regional chaos induced by ideological camps of the Cold War, we are able to see the reemergence of contradictory histories – through the dissolution of the Eastern Bloc and as paradoxes beyond the East/West divide. 

We envision the exhibition as a conversation that merges “them” with “us,” to form polyphony of cross-border storytellers. Artists featured in this exhibition share a fluid state of mind and a diasporic mode of living and working. They respond to our questions with their own choices of conceptual personae and explore new dimensions of subjectivity and interrelation.