'Intimacies and Imagined Futures'

video & performance practices


Public Opening Reception :

June 23, 2018 at 7PM


Intimacies and Imagined Futures —video and performance practices

An exhibition presented by SOMA Art Space and GAX


Intimacies and Imagined Futures features the work of nine international and Berlin-based Asian diasporic artists working in video and performance. Visually compelling, at times loud and humorous, and at others emotionally jarring, the exhibition explores how these artists engage with the intimacies of the diasporic and transnational body, self, and everyday in relation to identity, site, memory, trauma, stereotype, and imagined stories. The works shown in Intimacies and Imagined Futures revolve around counternarratives of resistance that render visible multiple fragments of the present and open up possible visions for the future.



Jia Chang,  Matt Huynh, Việt Lê, kate-hers RHEE, Ming Wong,

Biho Ryu,  Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo, Jane Chang Mi, Gao Yuan


Co-curated by Nabi Nara, Alexandra Chang, and Francesca Tarocco


Gallery Hours

19.06. - 15.07. 2018

TUE-SAT 16:00 – 18:00 Closed Mon - Sun


Exhibition Location:

Schleiermacherstraße 31-37, 10961 Berlin | Atelierhof Kreuzberg | U7 Gneisenaustrasse


Preview : *Closed Programm*

21. June

for 2-Day working session presented by HKW, ICI Berlin,

the Centre for Transcultural Analysis at Carleton University (CTCA), and GAX


Performance :

Việt Lê


Discussion :

Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo with Alexandra Chang;

Việt Lê with Francesca Tarocco;

Jane Chang Mi with Joshua Tengan;

Biho Ryu with Nabi Nara.


Public Artist Talks  :

26. June 19:00

Jia Chang with kate-hers RHEE


About GAX:

The exchange brings together scholars, curators, and artists at global sites with a group of core collaborative scholars from participating partner institutions each year and is meant to be generative for research, resulting in publications, exhibition development, and other research-based projects and programs to share and disseminate research, strengthen international networks of scholars and curators, and create ongoing dialogue between international colleagues, arts communities, and wider publics in the expanding field of Global Asias Visual Cultures.


Through international site visits, symposia, public dialogues, and ongoing working sessions, the exchange aims to build sustained multi-year inter-institutional and scholarly connections to encourage a broader transnational and comparative diasporic discourse while recognizing the continual importance of local contextualization and place. The many targeted working sessions allow for smaller group discussions to work through important issues and think about possible projects and collaborations.



A collaboration of SOMA Art Space Berlin and GAX (Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange), an initiative of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Thanks to support from the NYU Global Research Initiatives, Office of the Provost and Arts Council Korea (ARKO).




Self-portrait is part of the long-term curatorial project 'Dragonfly'

by SOMA Art Space Berlin and is generously supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin. (Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin).




Nina Eunhee Hong


feminine vase (could use some water),

giggly and shy black crane with dark hair,

white rabbit with pure pearl ,

yellow dots,

polish porcelain bowls,

calming flower blossom of almond tree

in Asian restaurant at Regensburg,

delicate and fragile butterfly,

and sensitive orchid,


*statements about her from the casual encounters with strangers and their first impressions



Self-portrait presents a three-year experiment on public perception.

Nina Eunhee Hong explored with stereotypical viewpoints and perspectives.

In the performative mixed media installation “Self-portrait”, she materialize the collected statements about her public perception. These recorded impressions of her outward appearance are transformed in a metaphorical manner, leaving her as an interpreter of herself.

Hong describes her on-going research-based practice as "I feel myself as a transparent bottle,

an image collector of modified meaning, containing and mixing all of these images of the boundary between the world and myself".


Hong received a degree in Painting from SLADE School of Fine Art in 2015, presented her work at the Rainbow cube gallery, South Korea in 2017. She is based in Seoul and Berlin.



Gallery Hours 16-28.June. 2018 TUE-FRI 19:00 – 21:00

by appointment :




Nabi Nara







'Dragonfly' is the long-term curatorial project and is generously supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin.

01. March - 30. June 2018


Artist :

Kai Oshima, Indrani Ashe, Hye Young Kim,

Christine Cheung, Hanae Utamura, Hye Ja Kim, Nina Eunhee Hong


Curator : Nabi Nara








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