Not This Future (2020)
Youngsook Choi

28 November 2020, 2:00pm-5:00pm (London time)


Not This Future is part of Youngsook Choi’s ongoing exploration of the idea of political spirituality, which experiments with intimate aesthetics of community actions and alternative protests. This performance facilitates a pseudo shamanic ritual as a political device by holding ‘grief’ as a site of solidarity and communal care directed to the victims of hostile environments policy, brutal border control and neo-colonial global operation. Not This Future particularly commemorates and critically revisits the Essex 39 incident in which the thirty-nine Vietnamese were found dead in the back of a lorry abandoned by the illegal people smuggler in 2019. As a core part of the commemoration, this spiritual occasion accommodates 39 generous offerings from different parts of the world, gathered through the exclusive call-out to those whose creative practice and research weigh in on migrant justice and challenge the idea of the border.   

Offerings contributed from:

Adriel Luis, curator and activist @drzzl
Amal Khalaf, curator and artist @amalandaplan
Amit Rai, educator and activist @0wn0red
Annie Jael Kwan, curator @alikati
Anouar Kassim, community organiser @wearemkiac
Ayelet Zohar, artist and art historian @ayelet.zohar
Bao Vuong, artist @baobaoartworks 
Burong Zang, artist and researcher @burongz
Caro Gervay, artist @carogervay
Cecilia Wee, curator and cultural agitator @cecilialmwee
Cian Dayrit, artist and activist @sayawciansayaw
Cuóng Pham, curator and activist @phambinho 
David Sebastian Lopez Restrepo, artist @davidpolezrestrepo
Erene Kaptani, theatre practitioner and researcher @erenekaptani
Farzana Khan, artist and community healer @healingjusticeldn
Georgina Quach, journalist and archivist
Hai Nguyen, researcher 
Hina Khan, artist
Hsiao Hung Pai, writer and journalist 
Ibrahim Abdella, refugee
Ido Zohar, musician 
Jabez Lam, community organiser and activist @hakcneychinese 
Joon Lynn Goh, cultural organiser and producer @joonlynngoh
June Lam, artist and activist @assignedfagatbirth
Kay Stephens, writer and activist @remember.resist 
Mariko Hayashi, community organiser and researcher @mariko_884
Mihye Lee, artist and chef @mihyeberlin
Nia Fekri, artist and writer @nia.fekri
Nine Yamamoto-Masson, artist and researcher
Rajinder Singh, artist and researcher @woundbloom
Richard Streitmatter-Tran, artist and researcher @rstreitmatter
Sajan Mani, artist @sajan_mani
Sarnt Utamachote, film maker @unthaitled
Shzr Ee Tan, ethnomusicologist and musician 
Subhas Nair, musician and activist @subhasmusic
Sungmee Bae, artist @mi3411 
Taey Iohe, artist @taeyiohe
Tamsin Barber, sociologist 
Tomasz Madajczak, artist
Vanessa Scully, artist @vanessascullythamesmead
Vijay Patel, artist @portomeerkat
Vukasin Nedeljkovic, artist and activist
Weng San Sit, artist @siwesa
Yoonah Han, film producer @sense_of_picturebook

Click through to read more about the artist: Youngsook Choi

* Not This Future has been commissioned by Asia-Art-Activism with generous support from Bagri Foundation @bagrifoundation, Arts Council England @aceagrams and Heart of Glass @ourheartofgalss.

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