Mentoring: Process & Outcomes

10 Sep 12:30pm -
10 Sep 1:30pm

RMIT Gallery
344 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


Yu Fang Chi



Insistent. Gestures. at RMIT Gallery (running concurrently with the contemporary jewellery exhibition MasterMakers) brings together the work of five artists who live, work or were born in Asia to explore personal narratives, diasporic identity and the use of repetition.

The exhibition is part of Radiant Pavilion – Early Career Curator Mentorship – which offers an exciting opportunity for early career curator Yu Fang Chi to undertake a mentorship with Australian curator Kate Rhodes. This opportunity is generously supported by the City of Melbourne and Creative Victoria.

In this talk, Yu Fang Chi and Kate Rhodes discuss the mentoring process and outcomes from both sides of the relationship.

Yu Fang Chi says: “The exhibition considers the role of materials, bodily gestures and the intimate experience of making. These artists share related geographical histories and connections that respond to their stories and experience of making. Through repetitive cutting, assembling, sewing, weaving, and layering the simple materials chosen by each artist grow in complexity. The constant movement central to each artist’s process gives rise to the contemplation of time and space, and an introspective understanding of body and mind

“The repetitive movements – or insistent gestures – of making carry a sense of ritual and intimate recollection that resonates with the artists’ personal histories. Here an insistent, female and labour creating subjectivity is woven into being.”

Artists: Kazumi Nagano(Japan), Yong Joo Kim(South Korea), Chen Chun Tai(Taiwan), Cyrus(Wai-Kuen) Tang(Hong Kong/Australia) , Yu Fang Chi(Taiwan/ Australia)