Reclaiming Narratives

'Reclaiming Narratives: Melbourne Artists respond to I Am Not A Virus' is an artist-led exhibition series to confront xenophobia, bust stereotypes and provide a counter-narrative to issues of long-standing racism in Australia that are revealing themselves in the face of COVID-19.

The project responds to the increase in racist attacks including verbal threats, physical intimidation, denial of services, workplace discrimination and being coughed and spat upon since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This project includes works by Sophia Cai, Yunyang Cen, Yeon Ju Chun, Tessa-May Chung, Jacqueline Dixon, Sai-Wai Foo, Jingwen (Jina) He, Derek Ho, Wina Jie, Judy Kuo, Phu La, Youbi Lee, Mimi Leung, Feifei Liao, Nathan Liow, Jacqueline Lo, Jocelin Meredith, Deborah Ong & Joe Paradise Lui, Sean Stephen Ryan, Elina Simbolon, Sicheng Shuai, Sarah Tan & Deborah Faye Lee, Clarine Wilmar, Benjamin Tsok Wee Yap, Kelly Yoon, and Maggz & Amy Zhang

Image: Sophia Cai, 'Safety Yellow Woman', 2020-2021, Hand-knitted wool garment, adult size, Photography by Malcolm King, Yarn support by Fancy Tiger Crafts. Courtesy the artist.

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This project is an initiative of Diversity Arts Australia in partnership with the Asian Australian Alliance, Democracy in Colour and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art with financial support from the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, Create NSW, City of Sydney, City of Parramatta and Inner West Council. Project supporters from Melbourne include Curatorial Collective, Creative Brimbank, Melbourne Fringe Festival, RMIT Contemporary Art and Social Transformation (CAST) research group, RMIT University Culture, and RMIT Student Life.

This project has been produced by Lena Nahlous and co-curated by Kevin Bathman and Wilson Yeung Chun Wai. We would like to acknowledge the project support provided by Katherine Wai Yee Lee, Jan Wing Ting Sze, Ava Dong, Helen Chung and Jahan Rezakhanlou-Taubman; the exhibition design of Tiger Yuanlong Zheng; and the advisory support of Dr Tammy Wong Hulbert and Kelly Yoon.

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