2nd Dec 2014 5:30pm
Displacement and Chinese Identity: Hong Kong artists of the diaspora
Pamela Kember, Asia House.
The uniqueness of Hong Kong’s identity in relation to mainland China with its past and present constitutional status, has recently come under the global spotlight as communities within and beyond its borders assess their relationship to home and belonging to their country of origin. A number of émigré Hong Kong artists also possess a distinct yet diverse response to their transnational environmental upbringing, in the sense of constantly negotiating their colonial past, whilst crossing borders, cultures and identities. This paper will examine the creativity of a number of Hong Kong born artists focusing on specific diasporic subjectivities that inform their respective practices to date. It will also touch upon the relationship between the diversity of their practices whilst dealing with specific frames of reference: concepts of memory, transnational-belonging and displacement within an extended social field.
Dr. Pamela Kember is Head of Arts and Learning at Asia House, London. Ms Kember is a former lecturer in Asian Contemporary Art and Artists of the Hong Kong Diaspora at Chelsea College of Art & Design. Ms. Kember has worked at the Ashmolean and at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, where she became interested in SE Asian art and artists of the Asian diaspora. From 1997-2009, she taught at various art schools and universities in Hong Kong. In 2009 she returned to London, to continue a PhD at the Research Centre for Transnational Identity Art And Nation Train at, UAL. She has written for number of art journals on contemporary art practices within a transnational context. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong and a recent advisory editor for the Benezit Dictionary of Asian Artists (New York NY 2012).