Non-Arrival, Yet, In Proximity, 2022
Three collaborators were invited to temporarily inhabit the space with their evocative objects. They were tasked with prompts related to their cultural gestures without any assigned scripts. This process emphasized improvisation and collaboration, exploring the paradoxical entwinement of pleasure and struggle in this imaginative socio-political neighborhood. The characters’ relational joint, albeit precarious, seems to lie between the positions of strangers and friends. This contingent bonding is neighborly love in passage: a makeshift accompaniment in impermanence. the filming began with a curiosity to pick up the loose thread of discussion on cultural hybridity in the waves of nationalist populism and rising xenophobia.
Kwan Q Li is an artist from Hong Kong whose practice coalesces lens-based medium, performance and writing. Her research interests span across post-colonial intricacies, vegetative politics and digital/generative (im)possibilities.
A first-generation college student, Queenie earned a BFA degree from the University of Oxford and a BBA degree in Global Business Studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, both with full-tuition support from the HKSAR government and philanthropic D.H.Chen Foundation. At Oxford, her final thesis on urban weeds within delimiting landscape was awarded the Stuart Morgan Prize for Art History, the school’s most commended writing prize. She is currently residing at the Art, Culture, and Technology program at MIT on a teaching fellowship.
Her projects are featured/supported by the AI & Society Journal at the University of Cambridge (UK), the BOOKED: Tai Kwun Contemporary (HK), IdeasCity by the NTU CCA (Singapore) and the New Museum (USA), Hong Kong Design Trust, Venice Architecture Biennale (Hong Kong Pavilion), Council for the Arts at MIT (USA), Art Machines 2 (HK) and more. Her photo book, “Quasi-Immigrant” on Hong Kong’s exacerbating emigration phenomenon was published by an independent publisher, Brownie Publishing.