The Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies at the Asian Institute and its co-sponsors are thrilled to present a retrospective on the work of Richard Fung, the renowned Toronto-based video artist, writer, cultural theorist, activist, and educator. Fung’s videos have been screened and archived throughout the world and he has been widely recognized with awards such as the Bell Canada Award for Lifetime Achievement in Video and the Toronto Arts Award for Media Art. In addition to his artistic work and writing, Fung teaches at OCAD University. Beginning in 1985 with Orientations – his pioneering video on queer sexuality and its intersections with race and class – Fung’s creative and often highly experimental works have questioned normative understandings of history and memory, temporality, sexuality, identity, colonialism, empires, racism, classism, labour, authenticity, diasporic communities, the body, illness, trauma, food, writing, and so much more. Tracing diasporic movements and communities as well as the complex and constantly changing identities of Asians and others in places across the globe – most especially North America and the Caribbean – Fung’s works inspire us to “reorient” ourselves toward both the future and the past.
ReOrientations: A Retrospective on the Works of Richard Fung
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
- SCREENINGS: Orientations (1985, 56 Min.) and School Fag (1998, 17 Min.)
- IN CONVERSATION WITH Richard Fung. Chair: Nayan B. Shah (Professor and Chair of American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California)
- SCREENINGS: My Mother’s Place (1990, 49 Min.), Sea in the Blood (2000, 49 Min.), and Islands (2002, 9 Min.)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26
- SCREENINGS: Dirty Laundry (1996, 30 Min.) and Rex vs. Singh (2008, 30 Min.)
- ROUNDTABLE: Chair: Rinaldo Walcott (Associate Professor, Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education, OISE, University of Toronto). Panelists: Kass Banning (Lecturer, Cinema Studies Institute, University of Toronto), Roland Sintos Coloma (Associate Professor of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, OISE, University of Toronto), Ramabai Espinet (Sessional Lecturer of Caribbean Studies, University of Toronto; Writer and Critic), Lisa Lowe (Profesor of English and American Studies, Tufts University), Monika Kin Gagnon (Professor and Interim Chair of Communications Studies, Concordia University).
- SCREENING: Dal Puri Diaspora (2012, 80 Min.)
- Q&A WITH DIRECTOR