In the Cijin Kitchen
Wu Mali | Artist/curator, and Professor, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan


Thursday, 4 November 2021
5:00pm-6:15pm (AEST)


You will receive a Zoom link upon registration.


In 2018 Wu Mali co-curated the Taipei Biennial under the theme Post-Nature, Post-Museum, signalling the way her art practice and pedagogy has focused on moving beyond institutional spaces and into the public sphere. In this masterclass Wu will introduce the Cijin Kitchen project, which she has developed since 2014 in the area of Cijin (Chi jin) on the outskirts of the southern port city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. In this project, Wu uses local foodways to reveal and engage with intersecting histories of migration, labour, colonialism and urbanisation that have shaped this place. Wu will discuss the Cijin Kitchen as an example of her collaborative method, working with students, local residents, institutions, as well as other artists, to blur distinctions between creation, pedagogy, citizen history and social activism, in which the ‘work of art’ becomes a platform and a catalyst for community and environmental awareness.


Wu Mali is an artist, writer and curator, and is Professor at the National Kaohsiung Normal University in Taiwan.  As artist and curator, she is considered one of the founding figures of socially engaged art in Taiwan, and is the Chinese translator of publications such as Suzanne Lacy’s Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art (1995) and Grant Kester’s Conversation Pieces: Community and Communication in Modern Art (2004).

About the Lecture Series

The Sydney Asian Art Series is convened by Olivier Krischer, and co-presented by the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre, The Power Institute, and VisAsia, with support from the Art Gallery of New South Wales.