Bodies, Buildings, Cracks, Romance, and Chives
Umi Otto, Chun Yin Rainbow Chan, Jennifer Cunningham, Lǐ Xīng Yǔ - Echo Li , Panda Wong
21 Nov 2023–31 Jan 2024
An artist publication by Umi Otto
a diagrammatic and poetic re-working by Umi Otto of original authored texts written in conversation with Blindside exhibitions.
a reconfiguration with no additional words
in navigating this space, readers are invited to re-experience these texts as spacings and crossings via repetition, shifted materialities and annotation
The body and home have blurred boundaries and bleed into each other, the home and belongings hold memories of love and nostalgia, the longing for love after seeking a sense of home from another, the mourning of love and home as she painfully leaves to another
original authors are Chun Yin Rainbow Chan 陳雋然, Jennifer Cunningham, Lǐ Xīng Yǔ (Echo Li) 李星雨 and Panda Wong
Lǐ Xīng Yǔ 李星雨(Echo Li)'s exhibition "warmest regards x" in February 2023 explored the
artist’s obsession with love as
a consequence of Chinese propaganda, and the obsession produces pain. The endless chasing of her overwhelming emotions is political and linked to love and cultural loss as an immigrant in Australia.
Chun Yin Rainbow Chan's 陳雋然 text “Vegetable Lament” was part of the exhibition “As Far Away As Heaven From Earth” in March 2023. The installation comprised silk paintings, backstrap loom weaving and sound. Chan transcribes 哭嫁 or ‘bridal laments’, which are marital mourning songs of the 圍頭 (Waitau/ Weitou) people, the first settlers of Hong Kong.
This program takes place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded - this land is stolen land. We pay respects to Wurundjeri Elders, past, present and emerging, to the Elders from other communities and to any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who might encounter or participate in the program.
Umi Otto is a designer based in Naarm (Melbourne) with an interest in multimedia and the bridge between visual art and design. Recently graduated from RMIT with a bachelor in communication design, she gravitates towards publication, image-making and the integration of analog techniques within digital spaces.
Chun Yin Rainbow Chan 陳雋然 is a Hong Kong-Australian interdisciplinary artist and pop musician. Her practice explores (mis)translation, diaspora, love and grief. In 2022, she was recognised in the 40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australians Award, and she won Artist of the Year in the FBi SMAC Awards. Chan has exhibited at Firstdraft, Sydney; Liquid Architecture, Melbourne; 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney; Gallery Lane Cove, Sydney; and I-Project Space, Beijing. She was a finalist in the 2022 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship (Artspace, Create NSW, NAS). Her documentary for Radio National, Songs From a Walled Village, was a finalist in the 2021 ABU Awards. Her latest record Stanley was released on Eastern Margins (UK, 2021).
Jennifer Cunningham is a design researcher and writer with a background in material culture. Based between Lisbon and London she is currently working on design research to advance the green transition in the UK.
Lǐ Xīng Yǔ - Echo Li Lǐ Xīng Yǔ (Echo Li) 李星雨 (1997) is an artist based in Narrm (Melbourne) born in Suzhou, whose practice spans multiple disciplines: painting, performance, writing, photograph, video, printmaking etc. Her work often involves translation and remediation as methods. She is obsessed with love. The endless chasing of her overwhelming emotions is political and linked to love and cultural loss. To be “Un” has been the key to her practices, which often embodies resistance and antagonism against the establishment and the dominant ideology in China. Similarly, the West is also plagued with political issues that often echo white privilege and colonialism. As a transnational Chinese artist, She lies in a mid-ground between two societies. Thus her practices often came from this sense of in-between-ness by being “Un”. There are nostalgias, stories, humour coming from these places she lived; She carries them with her and sees them as the politics of identity as seen in exhibitions at Kings ARI, Das Boot Fair (with Yundi Wang) and Blak Dot, Melbourne.
Panda Wong is a Malaysian-Chinese poet who lives on unceded Wurundjeri land. She is an Associate Editor at The Suburban Review, a Performance Review board member and a 2020 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk fellow. The first poem she ever wrote was a eulogy. Her first chapbook angel wings dumpster fire was published by Puncher & Wattmann in 2022. Her first EP, salmon cannon me into the abyss, a collaboration with multiple friends was released in July 2022.