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[Virtual] Scholars@Hallwalls: Millie Chen, “Silk Road Songbook: Notes on Making Art Under Censorship and Globalization”

February 5, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Where there is limited freedom of expression, how can one creatively and collectively mourn, remember, persist, and declare? Songs have the capacity to turn sorrow and outrage into fortitude and optimism. Silk Road Songbook is a socially driven, multidisciplinary art project that weaves song into landscape, challenging censorship and Orientalist exoticism. Grass roots songs channeling local voices concerning land, sovereignty, and cultural identity are created in collaboration with artists in communities along an ancient trade route spanning Eurasia between Xi’an and Istanbul. For each place, voices are the dynamic driving force; land is the anchor.

About Millie Chen, Professor, Art

Millie’s visual, audio and performative works are intended to interrupt habits of viewing. Materials and methodologies are contingent on the needs of the moment, but at the core of her projects are social inquiry and the use of sensory modes of perception in the generation of knowledge. Millie’s artwork has been shown across North and South America, East Asia and Europe. Her work is present in numerous public collections, and she has produced a number of permanent public art commissions. Her writing has appeared in publications in the U.K., Canada, the U.S. and China.



February 5, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Humanities Institute