Under the influence of globalization, migration of peoples and cultures across borders has accelerated. This not only profoundly reshapes our economic, social, political structures, but also provokes various interactions, resistance, and entanglements between cultures. Here we propose an exhibition that recognizes diasporic Asian artists who are working and living in the United States but haunted by two cultures. In a time when “the Other” is becoming increasingly problematic, this exhibition attempts to highlight the Otherness that is an integral part of these artists’ racial and cultural identities as they explore and create within new contexts, and suggest a repositioning of Otherness toward an articulation of a hybrid “in-between,” and a negotiation between diverse cultural space-times. Equally it will reflect the dialogue between what is innate within certain traditions of Asian aesthetics and how those sensibilities react to the relatively diverse pluralism of Western culture. It is the climate of “Cultural Hybridity” and its effects that is the focus of this exhibition.
Image: Tiff Yue Liu, Pale Moon-Nightmare Archive
The Swell Gallery is located on the first floor of SFAI's Fort Mason Campus at Pier 2, 2 Marina Boulevard.