Article here: https://bon.se/article/kulturarv-och-identitet-i-diaspora-ma-homey/ 


“Diaspora, Ma Homey’

Opening: 31 Oct, 2018, 6:00 - 10:00pm.
Exhibition: 1 - 30 November 2018

at Space 31


ASAI
Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho
CFGNY
Samuel Ibram
Mai-Thu Perret
Will Pham
Soda Plains
TROI OI

TROI OI conceives a group exhibition of contemporary artists, fashion designers and musicians from diaspora communities originally from Southeast Asia and considers the recent and ongoing movement of people within and away from the region after the Cold War, and its related aspects of migration, dislocation, resettlement and hybridity.

In “Cultural Identity and Diaspora” Jamaican-born, British sociologist and cultural theorist Stuart Hall, addresses issues of identity in relation to cultural practice and proposes thinking of cultural identity as a ‘production’, constantly in process and constituted within, and not outside, representation. Based on the black diaspora in England, he describes the experience of the migrant as one of displacement and hybridity, in cultures and experiences. He concluded that individuals have more than one identity: the first is based on shared cultural codes, history and collectivity, which people hold in common and that is artificially imposed as “selves”; and the second, which is based on an active process of production, which responds to ruptures and points of difference and is therefore a matter of ‘becoming’ as well as ‘being’, continuously transforming through a ‘play of history, culture and power’.*

Taking the artworks as a starting point in engaging with socio-historical or autobiographical accounts of the diaspora experience, the exhibition draws attention to the act of crossing permeable, geopolitical and cultural borders. These experiences may be configured by mobility, social exclusion, integration and new identity formation.

Conceived as a platform to initiate dialogue on diaspora and movement through art, fashion and music, “Diaspora, Ma Homey”, specifically investigates two defining passages of dispersion: the first in regards to exiting, or leaving the home country for personal, political or economic reasons and the second with being forced to culturally adapt, transform, integrate or hybridise within the new home country.

Together, these migratory passages invite new ways of thinking about borders as an enduring cultural and geopolitical divide in a progressively borderless global society.

Developed around the notion of ‘diaspora’ as methodological framework, the works not only reflect the artists’ impression of their own experiences of transitory life, but also examine the migratory circumstances that have shaped Europe as a region of diverse ethnicities, religions, and languages.

Featuring diverse practices, “Diaspora, Ma Homey” doesn’t seek to define, nor survey, “diasporic” art, fashion or music but to be a conversation with the audience about the experience of diaspora that reveals itself in the works, by exploring the everyday significance of territorial, ideological and social borders, political and cultural identity, and home and belonging.

* Stuart Hall “Cultural Identity and Diaspora” (1994)

TROI OI is an interdisciplinary project between Nhu Duong and Sung Tieu offering a platform to examine their cultural heritage as Vietnamese immigrants living in Western Europe.
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Residency in Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan. Artist talk on 19th October.



Contributed to Indigo Southeast Asian arts magazine with exhibition at An Viet titled ‘Record, Retrieve, Reactivate’, July 2018

You can buy a copy here: http://www.indigo-magazine.com 




Seminar about grassroots community activism at SOAS speaking about An Viet Foundation with Cuong Pham and Hau-Yu Tam, July 2018
Led by Hau-Yu Tam





Researcher in residence at Asia-Art-Activism Research Network at Raven Row, July- August 2018



Article on ‘An Viet’ film installation in Hackney Gazette written by Vincent Chow, July 2018


Invited by Tamsin Barber and Diana Yeh to do a performance at the British Academy with Cuong Pham, June 2018




www.britac.ac.uk/summershowcase/2018


Graduation show at the Royal Academy Schools, June 2018

RA Schools Show, June 7th 2018- July 3rd 2018
https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/ra-schools-show-2018 


Film still from ‘An Viet (Well Settled)’, 2018, exhibited at Royal Academy Schools



Record, Retrieve, Reactivate, at An Viet Foundation, March 2018




https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/premiums-interim-projects-2017



https://www.trianglenetwork.org/triangle-network/projects/william-pham




https://hangar.com.pt/en/portfolios/william-pham/




http://turf-projects.com/waves/