Tiffany Chung will speak on “Remapping Histories: Wars, Embattled Sites, and Forced Migration” at the January Friends Lecture.
Artist Tiffany Chung will speak at the Friends Lecture on Thursday, January 9 at 11AM in the Pillsbury Auditorium.
Chung combines cartography with meticulous academic research and ethnographic fieldwork in creating her visually arresting map-based drawings and embroidered works. In them, she depicts the impacts of migration, conflict, and shifting borders in the wake of political upheavals and natural disasters. Over time, her focus has expanded from the South Vietnamese exodus following the civil war in her native country, to the flight of Syrians and Guatemalans in response to war and violence in their home countries. She seeks to infuse her work with stories that have been excluded from official historical accounts. Ms. Chung says of her work: “Employing beauty and aesthetics to discuss very difficult subject matters has always been my strategy.” She uses the universal language of art to draw people in first, only for them to be confronted with political issues or situations that they might not have been so willing to engage otherwise.
The artist’s large-scale work, “Reconstructing an Exodus History: flight routes from camps and of ODP cases,” is featured in Mia’s exhibit, Artists Reflect: Contemporary Views on the American War. The twelve-foot-long world map, with escape routes meticulously embroidered in scarlet thread on a navy-blue background, shows the paths of forced migration of Vietnamese people from refugee camps in Asia to worldwide locations 35 years ago.
An internationally active artist, Chung has participated in more than 100 exhibitions and biennials on five continents. “Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue,” her first major solo museum exhibition in the United States, ran March 15–September 2, 2019, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in conjunction with “Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975.”
Learn more about Chung here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZEpOCBTZKw&feature=youtu.be
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