How is Asian-American identity forged and perceived, especially through the global circulation of styles (and the materials used to craft them)? How might that identity be visualized as a plurality as opposed to some sort of “Asian” singular? Collective and fashion label CFGNY (Concept Foreign Garments New York) will consider these questions in a lecture on recent work, focusing on the capsule collection and campaign video Synthetic Blend V.
The lecture by CFGNY will be followed by a response by writer and editor Dawn Chan. Chan has written extensively about digital and new media art’s evolving relationship to the formation and politics of identity, including the techno-Orientalist tropes—whether in international biennials or the remake of Ghost in the Shell (2017)—that limit how Asians and Asian-Americans are represented. The event will conclude with a discussion moderated by Triple Canopy senior editor Matthew Shen Goodman.
Export Exchange is part of the forthcoming twenty-seventh issue of Triple Canopy, which will scrutinize the narratives that animate nationalism and populism and propose the invention of truer stories, alternative realities. The issue will address fictions that come to be understood as real and fundamental to a common identity or are discredited, dismissed, but nonetheless persist as artifacts of thwarted desires, unrealized polities or peoples.
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