The ways that Asian-American immigrants adapt their identities based on their environment is the subject of the exhibit “Transnational Lives in Motion: The Art of Laura Kina and Việt Lệ” opening Saturday, Feb. 27, at the W.K. Kellogg University Art Gallery.
In her exhibition, “Uchinanchu,” Laura Kina combines Asian and Pacific Islander pop-culture textiles, fabrics and T-shirts to create colorful tapestries.
Kina’s work has been displayed throughout the United States, including the Smithsonian Museum of American History and the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Her work has also been exhibited in Japan and India.
Lệ “lovebang!” includes three video installations: “lovebang!,” “eclipse” and the world premiere of “heARTbreak!” Each video blends Asian pop culture and hip-hop, with themes of homo-eroticism, transgender identity, war, nostalgia and heartbreak.
Lệ is an artist, writer and curator. His artwork has been exhibited around the globe, including Korea, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Thailand, Canada and the United States. His writing has been featured in anthologies such as “Writing from the Perfume River, Strange Cargo” and “The Spaces Between Us.” He also has been published in Newsweek Asia and Art Journal.
The artists will participate in a symposium on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the BSC. The opening reception is Feb. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m., with an artists’ talk at 4:45 p.m.
The exhibit is a collaboration between the gallery and the Weglyn Endowed Chair for Multicultural Studies. “Uchinanchu” and “lovebang!” will be on view through April 23. They will be shown simultaneously in the gallery. The gallery is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
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