New Stories from the Edge of Asia: This/That

  • A photograph of three powerful women sitting on and in front of a red velvet couch. They each look in different directions. All are wearing a strapless yellow floor-length dress with a black belt and yellow head wrap.

    Mail Order Brides/M.O.B.

    Still from Fiebre Amarilla V, 2011

    Courtesy the artists

These artists take on identity issues (and Asian identity in particular) by creating narratives that often are born from loosely autobiographical, conflicting situations. In video, film, multimedia works, photographs, and performance art, they conjure temporary identities that reflect the constant struggle, negotiation, and precarious balance between different worlds. The exhibition includes works by Erica Cho, Mike Lai, Candice Lin, the artists’ collective Mail Order Brides/M.O.B. (Eliza Barrios, Reanne Estrada, and Jenifer Wofford), and T. Kim-Trang. “New Stories from the Edge of Asia” is an ongoing exhibition series that presents work by artists from Pacific Rim countries and cultures who explore new narrative territory using animation, digital techniques, video, and film.

"Epic battle" video highlights

The exhibition opened February 21 with a performance by Mike Lai. Lai’s “Team Bruce Lee” took on “Team Aztec” in a hybrid game of dodgeball and volleyball, where territory on the court represented territory in American society. Watch video highlights: 


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