Join the party of your dreams: dance party, birthday party, tea party, makeshift party, your local political party (that no one votes for). Party like there is no tomorrow!
If this is the party I want, you may not be part of it is an experimental and curious multimedia project that offers views on expanding and challenging the concept of party as a form of social interaction, as well as representations of a political entity or a belief system. First initiated through wordplay, and then activated by a composition of moving images and installation works, the project foregrounds and inquiries into the cultural and political implications of party and its intricacies in the context of a contemporary society. In this proposition, there is party for one person, for politically engaged individuals, for racialized bodies, and for culturally isolated communities. It sets out to develop new possibilities: Party is for everyone, tangible or intangible; it’s a call and response.
If this is the party I want includes: Will Kwan’s Cultural Revolutions that draws a parallel between historic events and rave culture; Karen Tam’s Karaoke Sessions that invites multi-lingual performances of old favourites; Utopia Social Club by Alvin Luong offering an EDM version of the Internationale; Fang Di’s Triumph of the Skies making wishes into faces for three flight attendants; Midi Onodera’s Nobody Knows embraces solitude for moments of the self; Rah’s Ethnic Roots, a parody of stereotypical racial authenticity, in drag; and Jennifer Chan’s installation Body Party that puts the party where it longs to be – in bed.
Curated by Henry Heng Lu, through Call Again, a nomadic initiative/collective committed to creating space for contemporary diasporic artistic practices in the context of North America and beyond.
This exhibition is a new iteration of the 2018 exhibition, OMG, it’s a Party!, curated by Henry Heng Lu and Winnie Wu, at Vtape, Toronto. http://www.theinc.ca/exhibitions/henry_heng_lu_party/
Posted August 30, 2022