The Library of Our Encounters

WORDS BETWEEN US, HANGING JUST SO

Conversation and exercise with Natasha Cheung and Min Park

26 March, 15–18 h

The event will simultaneously take place in person at Swimming Pool and virtually; Register here to receive a Zoom link if you wish to attend remotely

Within the frame of The Library of Our Encounters: words between us, hanging just so, we will meet with Min Park and Natasha Cheung. Min is a creative based in Seoul, South Korea whose work has focused on topics of personal and collective archives, embodiment in art, and the understanding of the history of relations through art. Natasha is an artist based in Hong Kong who views installation, photography, video, performance, conversation, text as well as drawing itself as forms of drawing – and a means of articulating incompatible assemblages of identity.

As part of the conversation, we will look through physical copies of Project Archive, a publication created and edited by Min and featuring the performative drawing piece to exercise by Natasha. As the introduction reads, “Project Archive is a place of meeting – where interlockings of inspirations and talents, of people, of time, and of similarities and differences manifest. It is our response and our offering to the world.” Through the perspectives of 21 artists, writers, and researchers, the book rethinks the nature and potentiality of the archive as an active gesture of reworking and remembering.

Building upon her work in Project Archive, during the encounter Natasha will guide participants through a newly developed writing exercise – for which we ask you to bring any paper receipts you might have saved from that day (we’ll also have ones available for you to use). Positioned in a physical in-between, this exercise continues an ongoing creative process of learning and unlearning, of viewing “art as an invitation to be together, rather than a grand ordeal.”

Natasha and Min will reflect on their individual practices and shared questionings, ever-shifting across various personal and socio-political landscapes. They will also engage in an open conversation with the audience.

 
 

Min Park is a creative based in Seoul, South Korea, whose interests lie in the intersection of art and life, and art’s potential to embody history. She is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania studying History of Art with minors in Cinema Studies and Fine Arts. Her work has focused on topics of personal and collective archives, embodiment in art, and the understanding of the history of relations through art. Currently, she is researching art of the 60s and the ways in which artists are exploring various materials in order to bring together bodies, ideas, similarities, and differences and shed light on the interconnected nature of all lives.
 
Natasha Cheung is an artist currently based in Hong Kong. She received her BA in Fine Arts and Visual Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2020 and her MA in History of Art and Archaeology from SOAS, University of London in 2021. She is interested in articulating incompatible assemblages of identity without reifying existing structures that seek to compartmentalize and invalidate contradiction. She sees paradox as a necessity and strives to make this visible and visceral through implementing installation, photography, video, performance, conversation, as well as drawing itself as forms of drawing. In particular, she is interested in the languages and belief structures constructed to describe sight and vision, and making visible how these non-neutral interfaces have contributed to continued colonial imaginaries as well as how to manipulate these languages to render the absurdity of our reality.