Documenting as Method: Living in the Shadows of Chineseness
Talk by artist and writer Zhuang Wubin.
This sharing session presents my ongoing work in visualising the experiences of Chineseness in Southeast Asia through photography, text and video. I use Chineseness to signify two things: (1) the contingent experience of performing Chineseness, and/or (2) the looming spectre of China in Southeast Asia. In my work, I develop the concept of embodiment alongside the proposition of documenting as method to unpack the experiences of Chineseness, photography and ethnography in Southeast Asia. I would share and reflect on my work in this session.
Zhuang Wubin is a photographic artist, writer, curator and academic. Among many other things he is an editorial board member of Trans-Asia Photography Review, and the author of Photography in Southeast Asia: A Survey (2016, NUS Press) and Shifting Currents: Glimpses of a Changing Nation (2018) which features the work of Singaporean photographer Kouo Shang-Wei.
An article by Zhuang Wubin about Chinese Muslim in Indonesia can be found on his academia webpage by clicking on this link.
A full profile and portfolio can be found on his personal website zwubin.wordpress.com