OCEAN NETWORK EXPRESS, 2022
OCEAN NETWORK EXPRESS is a multimedia installation created for the exhibition Stranger Intimacy I & II on view at the ONE Archives and USC Pacific Asia Museum from March 3rd - May 27th, 2022.
Stranger Intimacy I & II are part of the Archival Intimacies: Queering South/East Asian Diasporas, a multi-site project curated by Aziz Sohail and Alexis Bard Johnson.The work of Los Angeles-based artists Prima Jalichandra-Sakuntabhai (in collaboration with Bitter Party) and Vinhay Keo are on view at ONE (Stranger Intimacy II) and USC Pacific Asia Museum (Stranger Intimacy I). (Please note that this exhibition at PAM will close on May 8.) Jalichandra-Sakuntabhai and Keo’s work investigates the remnants of embodied history, migration, exile, and queerness. These artists draw from family narratives and stories of immigration from Thailand and Cambodia respectively, creating works that navigate and question these lineages. Both artists aim to challenge and extend ideas around borders and boundaries, notions of queerness, transnationalism, and diaspora.
Borrowing from Nayan Shah’s text Stranger Intimacy (2011) and building on this concept, this project places art and stories produced by those who may be seen as otherwise strangers alongside one another to investigate the connections and anxieties that may emerge from the intimacy of bringing them together. Taken together, this exhibition interrogates what it means to explore one’s past from the present and how to balance the promises and the limitations of the archive.
Stranger Intimacy I, USC Pacific Asia Museum
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Installation view: Chloropsis Aurifrons Pridii, 2020, video on monitor, archival materials and books from Chloropsis Aurifrons Pridii in vitrine, Blue Transferware I-VII, 2022
Blue Transferware I-VII, 2022. Seven 10" plates with ceramic decals, arranged by Dominique Go
Detail of Blue Transferware I, 2022
Detail of archival materials and books from Chloropsis Aurifrons Pridii
See also: Chloropsis Aurifrons Pridii
Stranger Intimacy II, ONE Archives at USC
Ocean Network Express (for ONE), 2022. 4' x 10' vinyl banner
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Installation view: Appendix A: ocean gazing, 2022, video projection, "The ocean. He must have got away in a boat." and The Decay of the Angel, Yukio Mishima, 1975 Edition, 2022
"The ocean. He must have got away in a boat.", 2022. Artist's copies of Runaway Horses by Yukio Mishima and Ma Vie Mouvementée et Mes 21 ans d’Exil en Chine Populaire by Pridi Banomyong
Yukio Mishima's Decay of the Angel, 1975 Edition, 2022. Copy of The Decay of the Angel by Yukio Mishima from the ONE Archives, magnifying glass
See also: Appendix A: ocean gazing