A Performance from Dust-free Chatroom, 2018, by Mengda Zhang

Friday, November 13, 2020, 6:00 PM PST

Mengda Zhang, Dust-free Chatroom (detail), 2018. Performance, installation, videos, latex gloves filled with water, charcoal text, Foxconn uniform with the artist’s period blood, and photograph of Foxconn employment contract (chewed), dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Video documentation by Yucong Lu.

A Performance from Dust-free Chatroom, 2018, by Mengda Zhang

Friday, November 13, 2020, 6:00 PM PST
[Zoom Link Forthcoming] Registration required
FREE and open to the public

Join the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture (CCAC) at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) for a participatory performance by Mengda Zhang accompanying her installation Dust-free Chatroom, 2018 and a Q&A. Viewers are required to register for the Zoom performance and, in doing so, consent to their screens being shared with other viewers and the artist for participation. The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the artist and Laurel V. McLaughlin, guest curator of Networks of (Be)longing at CCAC. This program will be recorded.

The installation Dust-free Chatroom, 2018 includes sculptural elements and three accompanying performances, the third of which will take place during the opening. The third performance engages Zhang’s queer embodied encounters with coworkers in the Foxconn factory in Chengdu, realized through glances, speaking, and the transmission of stories.

The first and second performances are on view in the exhibition and in the PNCA Online Gallery. Dust-free Chatroom is part of Networks of (Be)longing, on view through November 15th. The group exhibition includes a new commission at CCAC and a satellite solo presentation and one day will tell you so many stories at the Cascade Paragon Arts Gallery at Portland Community College featuring the work of PNCA Artist-in-Residence, Rami George. For more information concerning programming, remote viewing options, and accessible written and audio captions, labels, and a curatorial essay see the PNCA Online Gallery

Mengda Zhang (b. 1993, Nanjing) works in performance, installation, and video to explore her interests in labor and bodily experience. The work unpacks personal, social, and historical complexities of subjects and search for non-binary perspectives, from reality, literature, or imagination, which escapes any one-sided grand narrative. Her individual and collaborative work has been exhibited internationally at Museum of Modern Art, New York, London Design Festival (2019), Studio 10 New York, and Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, among others. Zhang received her BFA degree from the School of Art Institute of Chicago in 2016 and her MFA degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019.

[An installation view of a yellow, water-filled glove inscribed with the phrase “would you like to be my girlfriend?” in Sharpie intertwined with a hand against a red, gray, and black background.]