Performance

The Third Party

June 7 – June 30, 2024

Queens College Art Center is pleased to present “The Third Party,” a solo exhibition by performance artist Hsiao-Chu (Julia) Hsia, curated by Tzu-Ying (Naomi) Chan. This exhibition, featuring an interactive performance and an on-site installation, addresses the theme of anti-war and advocates for peace by reflecting on contemporary and historical conflicts worldwide.

“The Third Party” is funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) in partnership with the New York Foundation for the Art (NYFA). The exhibition will be on view from Friday, June 7th through Sunday, June 30th, 2024, on the 6th floor of the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11357. The opening reception & performance, open to the public, is scheduled for Thursday, June 13, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.

In "The Third Party,” Hsia focuses on the humanitarian crises arising from man-made conflicts, emphasizing the plight of those caught in the crossfire, particularly infants, children, and women. This performance and installation draw attention to the civilians in the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia and the conflict in Gaza while echoing historical conflicts, underscoring the suffering of those unable to defend themselves.

Hsia’s performance breaks down the traditional boundaries between artist and audience, inviting viewers to transition from spectators to participants. This immersive experience fosters a deeper understanding of social issues and sparks conversations about societal change. By incorporating hospitality and interactive elements, Hsia unites people in shared experiences, transforming the performance space into a platform for participants to explore and discuss the long-lasting impacts of war and the importance of peace.

Artist
Hsiao-Chu Hsia, originally from Taiwan and now based in New York, merges her academic background in Clinical Psychology with her MFA in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Her unique approach combines psychological theories with artistic practice to explore the intricate dynamics of relationships, delving into teamwork and conflicts across cultures, generations, countries, and the human-environment relationship. She was selected by different organizations to participate in artist residency programs, including the Taiwanese American Arts Council on Governors Island in NYC, Casa in Lethbridge, AB, Canada, and SÍM Residency in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Curator
Tzu-Ying (Naomi) Chan, a Taiwanese native based in New York, is a curator, multidisciplinary artist, and writer. With an MA in Curatorial Practice from the School of Visual Arts and a BA in Plastic Art from Da-Yeh University, Chan transitioned from personal artistic pursuits to community engagement. Her practice delves into cultural identity, environmental issues, and social justice, fostering cross-cultural dialogues and celebrating diversity, with a focus on humanity’s relationship with nature and the fusion of borders and cultures.

The Third Party Reception & Performance:
June 13, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

ID is required when entering the campus and Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library.

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