This lecture, hosted by the Yale Inter-Asia Connections Program, examines the intersection of my artistic practice and academic discourse, which is situated between aesthetics and archives, poetry and statistics, lived experiences and top-down policies, national narratives and micro histories, political imagination and participation. I revisit history and confront current conflicts through issues of migration, displacement, spatial and socio-political transformations – and the slippages between past colonial rhetoric with the present moment’s neo-liberal reforms in the traumatized continents of Asia, Africa as well as the Middle East.
Tiffany Chung is internationally noted for her exquisite cartographic drawings and installations that examine conflict, migration, displacement, urban progress and transformation in relation to history and cultural memory. Conducting intensive studies on the impacts of geographical shifts and imposed political borders on different groups of human populations, Chung’s work excavates layers of history, re-writes chronicles of places, and creates interventions into the spatial and political narratives produced through statecraft.
The InterAsia program is a collaborative multi-institutional group that aims to shift paradigms of how Asia is conceptualized by promoting collaborative research, scholarly networking, and public policy connections. An effort between Yale and six other universities and think tanks around the world, the program was established to create a new paradigm that takes Asia as an interlinked set of formations stretching from the East and Southeast Asia, to South Asia, Eurasia and the Middle East. Pushing inquiries beyond nation-states, land-based demarcations, imperial zones, and cultural boundaries, the Initiative promotes research and conversations that address transregional connections. For critical moments of interaction, we include historical and contemporary periods.