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Chindia: Stories from the Artists

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Ultimo Community Centre

Sydney, NSW 2010

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'Chindia' consists of a visual art exhibition, a short film event and stories from the artists who explore issues of cultural and national identity, politics, displacement and diaspora memories and connections. ‘Chindia’ unpacks the multiplicity of identities in migrant communities, and champions the practice of the arts as a socially innovative tool to increase community engagement and participation in creating an inclusive, culturally rich, diverse and vibrant society.

As part of the 'Chindia' exhibition, ‘Chindia: Stories from the Artists’ feature six artists, Anindita Banerjee Ray, Anurendra Jegadeva, Guo Jian, Lilian Lai, Lucy Wang (Ru Xi) and TextaQueen sharing their family stories, inspirations and motivations. ‘Chindia: Stories from the Diaspora’ will screen short films that reveal a snapshot of the lived experiences of the diaspora communities.

China and India are two of the most populous countries in the world. With histories which date back thousands of years, the Chinese and Indian peoples have a long history of overseas migration, maintenance of cultural identity, and socio-cultural exchange with local cultures. Today, both countries have a large diaspora population around the world with many of its citizens migrating overseas including to Australia.

‘Chindia’ unpacks the multiplicity of migrant identities in Australia looking at those who share Chinese and Indian heritage as a starting point. This is because of the particular history of cultural intermingling as well as conflicts that mark these two nations. In advocating the principles of peaceful co-existence, what can we learn from these cross-cultural connections and the implications for past, present and future engagement with First Nations and other South and East Asian peoples?

The inclusion of diverse artists in 'Chindia' is not just an acknowledgement of and visibility for those communities, but an opportunity for them to meet and engage further with each other and others.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which this exhibition has been curated and produced. As more migrant communities settle in Australia, we want to ensure that we pay our respect to Elders, past and present and remain committed to honouring Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander people.

Chindia Exhibition (Free)
15 - 26 February 2018

Gaffa Gallery, Gallery 1, 281 Clarence St Sydney
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 10am-6pm / Saturday: 11am-5pm / Sunday: Closed

Chindia: Stories from the Artists ($15)
Saturday, 17 February 2018

2.00pm - 4.00pm
Venue: Surry Hills Community Centre, 405 Crown St, Surry Hills

Chindia: Short Films from the Diaspora ($10)
Monday, 20 February 2018
6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: UTS Library Haymarket, Level 2, Ultimo Rd & Quay St
NOTE: This event is FREE for UTS staff and students, please present your staff or student ID at the entrance

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