CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #20: Yang-En Hume

Yang-En Hume is an Australian artist with Singaporean heritage. Hume grew up in Sydney, Australia and acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation as the traditional owners of that land. She pays her respects to their Elders past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

"Having moved from Australia to London in 2017, I have faced significant barriers to developing my art practice in the UK. Due to not having studied here or having any pre-existing contacts in the arts, developing my artistic networks has been challenging. However, I have managed to secure a place on the MFA at the Slade which will enable me to explore my practice around memory, untold narratives, and cultural identity.

Prior to starting the MFA, I plan to make research visits to Manchester and Liverpool. In Manchester I will engage with the extensive textile collection at the Whitworth Museum, crucial for my research on the impact of migration, trade and colonisation on Singaporean-Peranakan craft. I also aim to establish a connection with ESEA Contemporary in Manchester, an art centre that highlights artists from East and Southeast Asia. This will expand my networks within British ESEA artistic communities, facilitating thoughtful engagement with mixed-race cultural experiences.

I will also attend the Liverpool Biennial as this year’s curatorial focus is on global movements of people and objectswhich is directly relevant to my research. This visit will be vital for engaging with debates surrounding diasporic experiences, the legacy of colonisation, and the role of cultural objects, such as photographic archives and textiles. These research visits will contribute to the development of my studio work, allowing me to gain important feedback from my mentor, Pennylane Shen, who has been fundamental to the development of my art practice in the UK."

See more of Yang-En's work here

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