Film Screening: Nation, Identity and Diaspora
CFCCA presents a screening of artists’ moving image works, exploring a range of migratory experiences in the UK and Europe. All the works take a critical lens to notions of nation, identity and diaspora, with a focus on forms of resistance and resilience – whether through community-building, interventions, participatory arts practice or advocacy. The works document lesser-heard stories and experiences that reflect the impact of social and legal change on community structures and labour conditions within diasporic communities.
Two of these works are projects by current CFCCA Artist-in-Residence Dorothy Cheung. Dorothy is currently undertaking a project in Manchester around intergenerational diasporic identity, explored through personal objects and archive-building. There will be an open studio presenting this project in early April.
Will Pham, An Viet (Well Settled)
Dorothy Cheung, Songs from Home
Joyce Jiang, Tassia Kobylinska and Voice of Domestic Workers, Our Journey (2018)
Dorothy Cheung, Letter to the Outsider
Total Screening Run Time: approx. 45 mins
Will Pham, An Viet (Well Settled) (2018) 19’10.
An Viet (Well Settled) explores the An Viet Foundation- a closed down community centre in Hackney formerly serving Vietnamese refugees for over 35 years providing language support, employment training, business advice, health and social activities, the first Vietnamese UK housing association, a restaurant and a Southeast Asian research institute. It was founded by Mr Vu Thanh Khanh MBE who was a Vietnamese boat refugee and the first Vietnamese councillor for Hackney. An Viet Foundation pioneered several projects including outreach educational workshops with secondary schools, proposals for a Vietnam Village as part of the London Olympics and economic development partnerships between the UK and craft villages in Hai Duong, Vietnam. Vietnamese refugees started arriving to Britain following the fall of Saigon in the Vietnam American War and subsequent wars with China and Cambodia.
The film celebrates the legacy of the An Viet Foundation’s achievements against a precarious socio-political backdrop where community spaces are being systematically dismantled, areas becoming gentrified and inequality grows. Pham reactivates the building by facilitating social events there and documenting its transformation. The work creates a sense of belonging, pride and poignancy despite the futile act to affect social change in the face of broader structural issues.
Dorothy Cheung, Songs from Home (2018) 4’00.
Songs from Home shows women who moved to Rotterdam singing in public spaces in typical Dutch landscapes in their mother tongue. Through singing in their mother tongue, the women temporarily occupy the public spaces.
Joyce Jiang, Tassia Kobylinska and Voice of Domestic Workers, Our Journey (2018) 16’13.
Our Journey, a powerful documentary film, forms part of the My Home is Not my Home project. It is made by domestic workers themselves, through participatory film methods and in collaboration with Dr Joyce Jiang, of University of York, and Tassia Kobylinska filmmaker and lecturer at Goldsmiths. The women share their powerful stories and invite us into their world of domestic work to witness experiences that are mirrored in the lives of thousands of migrant domestic workers toiling in private households in the UK today.
Dorothy Cheung, Letter to the Outsider (2018). 6’35.
Letter to the Outsider takes viewers out of Hong Kong and turns its attention to those who are spiritually in exile through a video letter for political prisoners. The film attempts to question the human perception of a space or a country, reflected in images of repurposed prisons in the Netherlands.
Part of CFCCA’s ‘Thursday Late’ series.
Open until 8pm on the last Thursday of every month, CFCCA offers an opportunity to enjoy an evening in the gallery or participate in a unique event, including performances, film screenings and informal talks.
Image: Will Pham, An Viet (Well Settled), 2018, film still. Image courtesy of the artist