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Online Convening: Mother Always Has a Mother

12 Dec 2020, Sat 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Recap of convening:


In “Grandma’s Story,” the last chapter of artist, filmmaker and theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha’s Woman, Native, Other (1989), she writes that, “The story depends upon every one of us to come into being. It needs us all, needs our remembering, understanding, and creating what we have heard together to keep on coming into being.”

Co-presented by NTU CCA Singapore, the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, and Rockbund Art Museum, this convening builds upon the idea of a multiplicity of storytellers and intergenerational, intercultural linkages in art, activism, stories, and histories. A two-part programme, the first segment involves a conversation between artists Hồng-Ân Trương and Ranu Mukherjee (both United States), reflecting on the Wattis’ year-long research season on the practice of Trinh T. Minh-ha. The conversation will close by screening video artworks by Ranu Mukherjee, 0rphan drift, and Genevieve Quick (United States), then the convening flows into a panel discussion with short presentations by Jungmin Choi (Korea), Eunsong Kim (United States), Green Zeng (Singapore) and Billy Tang (United Kingdom/China), exploring intergenerational dialogues, transnational and diasporic identities, and activism in creative practice and public life.


10.00 – 11.00am
In Conversation: Hồng-Ân Trương (United States) and Ranu Mukherjee (United States), moderated by Kim Nguyen (Canada/United States)

11.00 – 11.20am
Video Art Screenings: Home and the World (2015) and Dear Future (2020) by Ranu Mukherjee (United States), IF AI / AIBOHPORTSUALC (2020) by 0rphan drift (Ranu Mukherjee and Maggie Roberts), and Planet Celadon: Operation Completed (2020) by Genevieve Quick (United States)

11.30am – 1.00pm
Panel Discussion: The Welling Up and the Very Coursing of Water: On the Transnational, the Transgenerational, and the Diasporic
Moderators: Kim Nguyen and Dr Karin Oen (United States/Singapore)
Panelists: Jungmin Choi (Korea), Eunsong Kim (Korea/United States), and Green Zeng (Singapore)
Respondent: Billy Tang (United Kingdom/China)



Hồng-Ân Trương (United States) is an artist and Associate Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ranu Mukherjee (United States) is an artist and Associate Professor in Fine Art and Film at California College of the Arts, San Francisco.

Kim Nguyen (United States) is Curator and Head of Programmes at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.

Genevieve Quick (United States) is an artist and arts writer in San Francisco.

Karin Oen (Singapore/United States) is Deputy Director, Curatorial Programmes, NTU CCA Singapore.

Eunsong Kim (United States) is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, and an affiliate faculty of the department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies at Northeastern University, Boston.

Jungmin Choi (Korea) is a campaigner and nonviolence trainer at World Without War, Seoul, an organisation that supports conscientious objectors. She also works at My Sister’s Place, an organisation that assists Korean and migrant women who live and work near US military bases in South Korea.

Green Zeng (Singapore) is an artist and filmmaker. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at NTU CCA Singapore.

Billy Tang (China/United Kingdom) is Senior Curator, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai.


Image: Ranu Mukherjee, Dear Future, 2020, animation still. Courtesy the artist.