XING BOOK LAUNCH & EXHIBITION
Launch: Thur 20th of July, 2017 - 7pm till 11pm
ENTERPRISE HOUSE, 2 Tudor Grove, E9 7QL
Launching on July 20th 2017, the XING book is the first creative instalment of a long-term project. Exploring and documenting the lives of Asian females, the XING project situates itself as a domain of possibilities shedding light on the trailblazing lives of East and Southeast Asian women, with the debut photo book focussing on the East Asian geographical territory.
In this time of worldwide geopolitical unrest, the XING project is a response—as well as an antidote of sorts—to the discord and concord amongst cultures and race. It instead, seeks to create dialogue between varying geographies and cultures through the enlistment of photography, utilising the power of visual imagery to educate and open an aspect of Otherness to its audience.
XING champions the vagabonds, challenges hegemony, and celebrates a oneness through a union of imagery and prose. The photo book is curated and edited by Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee, a contributing photographer based between London and Singapore. As a photographer, she is interested in exploring new identities of subaltern bodies—specifically in unearthing and examining the representation and performance of East and Southeast Asian women in this globalised world.
The book features artists of diverse ethnicities and nationalities: Clara Lee (London), Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee (London), Jiatu Gu (London), Mayumi Hosokura (Tokyo), Samantha Yap (Singapore) Ronan Mckenzie (London), Ryo-ta Saitoh (Tokyo), Takuya Nagata (Tokyo), Tammy Volpe (Tokyo), Teresa Eng (London), Vivian Fu (San Francisco), and Lin Zhi Peng (Beijing).
In conjunction with the launch of the book on the 20th of July 2017, an exhibition will be held at Enterprise House, E9 7QL, London. Featuring select print works from contributing photographers, the exhibition will also feature an immersive moving image installation from artist Aidan Zamiri (London).
In addition to exploring the multifaceted identities of East Asian women, the exhibition will open up the XING archive to the public, a collection of found and restored images of East and Southeast Asian subjects, as well as photographers from the region. The XING exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee alongside organisers Jade Barget (London) and Lassla Esquivel (London / Mexico).