Artist and educator Patty Chang joins writer Malvika Jolly for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading from G.E. Schwartz.
Los Angeles based artist and educator Patty Chang uses performance, video, installation and narrative forms when considering identity, gender, transnationalism, colonial legacies, the environment, large-scale infrastructural projects and impacted subjectivities. Her exhibition and book The Wandering Lake investigates the landscapes impacted by large scale human-engineered water projects such as the Soviet mission to irrigate the waters from the Aral Sea, as well as the longest aqueduct in the world, the North to South Water Diversion Project in China. Her most recent multichannel video project Milk Debt combines the act of lactation with people’s unspoken fears. Chang teaches at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA.
A writer living between New York and Chicago, Malvika Jolly is the events assistant at the Brooklyn Rail and a regular contributor to the South Side Weekly, where she focuses on local culture and community history.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have G.E. Schwartz reading.
Author of Only Others Are (Legible Press), World (Furniture Press), Thinking in Tongues (Hanks Loose Gravel Press), Murmurations (Foothills Publishing), and The Very light We Reach For (Legible Books), G. E. Schwartz has also written, produced and performed multimedia works for The Adler Planetarium (Chicago), The Hayden Planetarium (NYC), and has had text works in La Biennale Di Venezia, he lives and works on the unceded Wenrohronon Lands (Upstate New York). He is also one of the founding members of The Solomons.