Admission: FREE – open to the public
This year’s Canadian spotlight artist, Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen, explores the notion of memory and everyday immigrant life, as captured by amateur photographers and archived online with her project, The Making of an Archive. Nguyen will discuss the reasons behind the project as well as engage in discussion about why our memories matter.
This artist talk will be in conversation with Stephen Gong, a film historian and Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), who explores the artistic and cultural possibilities of amateur film, and the documentation of Asian American family histories, through his archiving and digitizing initiative, Memories to Light.
Moderator: Stephen Gong, Executive Director, Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)
With: Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen, Artist
Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen was born in Montréal, and is a French-speaking Quebecer of Vietnamese origin currently living and working in Montreal and Stockholm. Nguyen completed the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, and obtained an MFA and a post-graduate diploma in Critical Studies at the Malmö Art Academy, Malmö, Sweden. Nguyen’s work has been shown internationally in institutions including A Space, Toronto; Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany, Apexart, New York; PAVED Arts, Saskatoon, SK; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; Galerie Im Regierungsviertel, Berlin; Gasworks, London; and Pictura Gallery/Skanska Konstmuseum, Lund, Sweden. In 2011 she was commissioned by CC Seven to produce a site-specific sound piece for The Woodland Cemetery, a Unesco World Heritage site in Stockholm. Upcoming exhibitions include the La Biennale de Montréal, VOX Centre de l’image contemporaine in Montreal, Astérides in Marseille, and the Hong-Gah Museum in Taipei.
Stephen Gong is the Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). Gong has been associated with CAAM since its founding in 1980, and has served as Executive Director since 2006. His previous positions include: Deputy Director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the UC Berkeley, Program Officer in the Media Arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts, and Associate Director of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute. Gong has been a lecturer in the Asian American Studies program at UC Berkeley, where he developed and taught a course on the history of Asian American media. He is the Board Chair of the Center for Rural Strategies and serves on the Advisory Board of the San Francisco Silent Film Society.
Sessions: The Making of an Archive
Special Event: Memories Matter Reception
Film Screening: 1967: A People Kind of Place