We are still connected, though far apart. By our histories, stories, food, dreams, hopes…
In 2018, Asia-Art-Activism (AAA) was launched as a voluntary interdisciplinary, intergenerational and intersectional network of practitioners, and invited to take up residence at Raven Row in London, alongside other collectives of marginalized communities. ‘Taking space’ as a group of Asian, migrant, and diasporic bodies was activated as both a performative and political gesture in London, a historical site of colonial institutions and traditional instruments of power. From August 2018 to December 2019, AAA has presented a series of performances, presentations, mini-residencies, workshops and other events as part of a programme that was aimed at complicating the imaginary of ‘Asia’ while nurturing questions related to collectivising and solidarity at the intersections of art and activism.
Since the pandemic surged across the world this year, everything and life as we have known before, have changed. How we work, live, thrive, love, and travel have been challenged. These unsettling months which saw an increase of racist violence against Asian minorities worldwide, the brutal killing of George Flloyd, and the subsequent global resurgence of the Black Lives Matter, have raised uncomfortable questions about our individual and intersected positionalities in relation to privilege and proximity to ‘whiteness’ and power. The associates of Asia-Art-Activism have been coming together to explore new ways of being together and working towards a future we hope to share. Our priorities have shifted and morphed towards examining decolonial rethinking of home, belonging, freedom, mobility, reclaiming our bodily and mental health, politics of care, community, connectedness, present-ness, and joy, amidst continued anxiety and grief.
From October to November 2020, AAA will present a programme of online exhibitions, performances, reading sessions, workshops, live conversations, audio broadcasts, and a collection of videos with four suggested screening pathways. Till We Meet Again IRL is a programme curated with hopeful longing and through a process of emergent collective dreaming about how we might re-invent globalized and capitalist-driven relational structures that have proven dysfunctional and untenable.