Wei Leng Tay is an artist based in Hong Kong and Singapore. Working predominantly with photography and sound, Tay is interested in how socio-economics, history, family and the state intersect with experiences of displacement, migration and self-identity.
Tay’s project ‘The Other Shore’ (2014-2015) addresses recent antagonism towards Mainland Chinese migrants in popular discourse in Hong Kong. While ‘Mainlanders’ are often presented as a single group, this series of photographic portraits and interviews reveals individual lives, with diverse aspirations and attitudes towards Hong Kong. The project comments more broadly on similar experiences of young educated Chinese elsewhere, negotiating a new place in the world.
Join Tay in conversation with Olivier Krischer, curator of ‘The Other Shore’, on exhibition at the Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU (31 March–15 July). They will discuss the development of Tay’s interview-based photographic practice, and how this project engages with questions of cultural identity and politics in Hong Kong today.
Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)
In 2015, Wei Leng Tay was the recipient of the Poynter Fellowship at the Yale School of Art, and recently completed a residency with Vasl Artists’ Collective, Karachi. Tay’s work has been exhibited widely in Asia and internationally, and is held in public collections including: the National University of Singapore Museum, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan, and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. A selection of her series ‘Slow Cool Breezes’ was recently featured in Photofile magazine, vol.94, Autumn/Winter 2014.
Olivier Krischer is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW), at The Australian National University. Olivier is currently researching art relations between China and Japan in the 1980s-1990s, as well as networks of art activism between Hong Kong and East Asia. In addition to his research, he manages the CIW exhibition space and is co-curator of the Centre's film series ‘Asia & the Pacific Screens’. Previously, he has been managing editor of ArtAsiaPacific magazine in Hong Kong, and co-edited Asia Through Art and Anthropology: Cultural Translation Across Borders (Bloomsbury, 2013).