Archival Intimacies: Queering South/east Asian Diasporas
Join us for an evening of new performances, installations, film screenings, and a podcast by artists Vinhay Keo, Prima Jalichandra-Sakuntabhai, and Pamila Matharu whose work each explores South/east Asian queer diasporas and the complexities of history, identity, and belonging. The event will include a conversation with the artists, independent curator Aziz Sohail, USC Dornsife College American studies and ethnicity professor Nayan Shah, and ONE Archives curator Alexis Bard Johnson. In conjunction with the event, an exhibition of materials from Satrang, a community organization that has supported South Asian LGBTQ communities in Southern California since 1997 will be on view to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Archival Intimacies will show diverse perspectives from artists, scholars, students, archivists, and community members on queering South/east Asian histories and experiences.
The performative lectures and site-specific installations of Prima Jalichandra-Sakuntabhai address the structures of Eurocentric masculine power in space and architecture and take apart the physical and structural tools of the Western academic. Jalichandra-Sakuntabhai was a recipient of the SOMA Summer Award in Mexico City in 2016 and the emi kuriyama spirit award in 2020.
Alexis Bard Johnson is curator at ONE Archives at the USC Libraries. She most recently curated Six (Linear) Feet and the online exhibition Safer at Home. She is currently working on Sexual Science and the Imagi-nation, one of the exhibitions in the Getty Foundation’s 2024 Pacific Standard Time initiative, and Queer Black California: Art and Politics with the California African American Museum. Johnson earned her PhD in art history with a minor in feminist, gender, and sexuality studies from Stanford University. Before joining ONE Archives, Johnson held positions at the Princeton Art Museum, the Whitney Museum, and the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Vinhay Keo is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher whose photography, video, installation, performance, sculpture, and writing interrogate the effects of intergenerational trauma from the Vietnam War, Khmer Rouge genocide, French colonialism in Indochina, and queer temporality. He is a recipient of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship, Louisville Visual Art’s Rising Star Award, and a Great Meadows Foundation grant.
Nayan Shah is a professor of American studies and ethnicity and history at USC. He is the author of Contagious Divides (2001) and Stranger Intimacy (2012), and a recipient of fellowships and grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, von Humboldt Foundation, and Freeman Foundation.
Aziz Sohail is an art curator, writer, and researcher who promotes under-researched histories and builds interdisciplinary connections between art, history, archive, fiction, theory, and biography. He has been a curator-in-residence at the New Art Gallery Walsall and the Nepal Picture Library, and was part of Curatorial Intensive South Asia 2018 at Khoj in New Delhi and the Young Curators Academy at Herbstsalon 2019 in Berlin.
This event is presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Co-sponsored by Asian Pacific American Student Services and ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.