Sichong Xie seeks to be a cultural organiser who utilises body-based sculptural forms (masks / costumes / objects) transforming discarded materials and disregarded spaces by using the tools of humor and absurdity. By placing traditional sculptural forms within new sites, materials, and social constructs, she investigates these forms and movements within global communities to re-consider and re-envision shared spaces and performative practices. In the summer of 2016 and 2017, she was a fellowship artist at The Watermill Center in Long Island, NY. In July 2017, she was an artist in residency at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, U.K. During the three-week intensive workshops and practices, she collaborated with two other dancers, creating a piece called “Walking With The Disappeared”, which is a three hour durational performance integrated with dance, experimental theatre and installation. In Xie’s most current exhibition, she constructed the multi-channel, multimedia installation “Do Donkeys Know Politics, Scaffold Series I“ at USC Pacific Asia Museum in Los Angeles that explores the impact of art and the fluidity of memory as a form of protection.
Her practice deals with issues of identity, politics, cross-culturalism, and the surreal characteristics of her body in the ever-changing environment. Her current body of work explores Chinese culture versus American culture, her female gender versus the patriarchy that is reflected in municipal sculptures in China, and Chinese Communist politics versus the “only one child” generations.
All lectures begin at 1:30pm(PST)