MAP 2: Communities

MAP2: Communities returns to the immigrant-rich area of Deptford with an artist residency programme that is based around the idea of the artist as living archivist of personal and collective memories. The residency provides an artist the opportunity to connect with the cultural communities in Deptford.

Artist Sung Tieu will develop over the one-month residency a writing project where she will spend time in the local shops, restaurants, parks and community centers in Deptford to engage with the local Vietnamese community by means of conversation. A vocal archive of memories will be created and developed through Tieu’s writing to create new works of prose. Tieu takes on the role of storyteller, alongside a self-reflexive consideration of her own positioning and the writing process itself. Engaging with her own migrant background the resulting texts will bring together the collective experiences of her and the people she will meet across first, second and younger generations that would feed in towards her artistic process for creating performance.

Look out for these activities that will be free and open to the public:

6 October 2017, 12.00-4.00pm

Writing workshop, Deptford Lounge

Places are limited so book your space please email here

12 October 2017, 7.00-9.00pm

Screening programme, Deptford Lounge

Co-curated by Sung Tieu, Do Tuong Linh, Tram Phuong Nguyen, and Something Human

Places are limited so book your space please email here

20-21 October 2017

Reading events at other public local spaces

More information coming soon

28 October 2017, 4.00-5.00pm

Public reading event, Deptford Lounge


Sung Tieu (1987, Hai Duong, Vietnam) lives and works in London, UK. Sung Tieu’s artistic practice encompasses a range of media, predominantly sculpture, photography and film, with her writing in prose and poems often providing source material. For Tieu, the experience of artistic production as a site of research and yet introverted form of individualised labour and expression becomes both her subject and process, elevating her inquiry to the broader and more relevant issues of cultural codes, their inherent power structures and susceptibility to misinterpretation in today’s vast global systems. Her practice exists through a series of geographic displacements: between her birthplace, Vietnam, her perceived home city, Berlin and the internationalised culture she later grew up in.

MAP 2: Communities is the second stage of MAP (Movement x Archive x Performance), a 2017 programme curated by Something Human that explores the negotiations of themes related to the intersections of movement, archive and performance over a three-stage project, bringing together central concerns that have threaded through Something Human’s work since its inception to investigate artistic expression on movement across borders. This process culminates with the launch of a new special collection of Southeast Asian-related performance materials, to be housed at the LADA Study Room as an open access resource for researchers, artists, students and academics.

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Images credits:

Feature Image: TROI OI (Sung Tieu & Nhu Duong), 2014; photo by Ilya Lipkin

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