Opening of Networks of (Be)longing with a performance of Dust-free Chatroom, 2018 by Mengda Zhang

Friday, October 16, 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.

Dust-free Chatroom, 2018 by Mengda Zhang

Friday, October 16, 2020, 6:00 PM PST
[Zoom Link]
FREE and open to the public

Join the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture (CCAC) at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) for the opening of Networks of (Be)longing featuring the work of Canaries, Rami George, Tabitha Nikolai, and Mengda Zhang. The opening will take place online, beginning with a virtual tour of the CCAC exhibition rationale with guest curator, Laurel V. McLaughlin, and Director & Curator, Mack McFarland, a discussion of the satellite site at Paragon Arts Gallery featuring the work of Rami George and the PNCA Online Gallery resources, and a performance by Mengda Zhang that accompanies her installation, Dust-free Chatroom, 2018.

The installation Dust-free Chatroom, 2018 includes sculptural elements and three accompanying performances, the first of which will take place during the opening. The performance revisits Zhang’s work in the Foxconn factory in Chengdu through performative interactions with water-filled gloves inscribed with fragments of experiences from her co-workers.

The second performance is on view in the exhibition and in the PNCA Online Gallery (opening Oct. 15th); and the third performance will debut on November 13th. Dust-free Chatroom is part of Networks of (Be)longing, on view October 2–November, 2020. 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.

[A video still from a performance with the artist Mengda Zhang. A dark-haired woman sits atop a pedestal, legs crossed in black pants, sitting straight up in a green t-shirt that says “Endless.” The woman is wearing rubber gloves—one hand reaches towards her eye in a fist position and the other rests on her thigh with her hand open.]