About this exhibition

A New Constellation: Chinese Diaspora Now features work by artists Ting-Ting Cheng, Renee So and Seecum Cheung, and is a group exhibition that attempts to revisit the concept of ‘Chinese diaspora’ as a method to explore cultural identity in the UK now.

Chinese diaspora has a long history of migration linked to imperialism and colonial trade. In the 1990s the terms ‘Chinese diaspora’ and ‘British-Chinese’ became widespread amongst national debates on race, migration and identity. These debates highlighted concerns of exclusion and invisibility for diasporic communities in the UK. Against this background, the Chinese Arts Centre (former name of CFCCA) was founded in 1989 in Manchester, mainly serving as a dedicated platform for ‘British-Chinese’ artists to develop their practice through programmes related to cultural representation and identity politics.

In this exhibition and its related programme we invite a younger generation of artists to unpick and redefine the term ‘Chinese diaspora’, speculate on new understandings of cultural identity and uncover narratives and links on a global, regional, national and local level. New diasporic identities are no longer understood through linear disseminations and assimilations but can be viewed as a constellation of continuous movements and synchronisation of identities.

Image: Ting-Ting Cheng, The City Where No One Walks (2019). Image courtesy of the artist.