NO ROOM LEFT in the MARGINS
The Bomb Art Factory Foundation and Baesianz present No Room Left in the Margins, a screening of 10 short films by British artists from the Asian diaspora. Together, these films offer an insight into narratives which challenge limited ideas of Asian identities that exist within varied cultures.
Following the screening, there will be an online Q&A between some of the filmmakers. If you have any questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or DM @BAESIANZ before July 27th. We‘ll try to get as many answered as possible and will post the Q&A on the website soon!
'Roots' by Hussina Raja
'Wifi Rider: Preview' by Roxy Rezvany
'The Guru of Soho' by Vivek Vadoliya
'The Filial Daughter' by Lu Xiao-Wei
'The Temple of Sleepy Chan' by Jade Ang Jackman
'Talaga' by Mona Bakht
'Your Turn' by Nicolee Tsin
'Loveless' by Yuen Hsieh
'At The End' by Amy Dang
'Points of Departure' by Alia Syed
Baesianz is a forthcoming publication which celebrates artists of Asian heritage from all around the world. Founded in London by three friends from origins spanning China, Pakistan, and Iran, Baesianz aims to platform the art and voices of Asians living both within and outside of Asia to create an evolving library that can be experienced by all.
Hussina Raja is a British-Kashmiri multi-disciplinary artist based in London. She explores themes of identity, heritage and culture using film, photography, installation and performance.
Roxy is a British filmmaker of Iranian-Malaysian-Chinese descent, born and raised in Brent, London, who has been working in film and video production for seven years. Her work aims to expand peoples perception of British identity, particularly as someone of mixed immigrant parentage, and to bring marginalised narratives to the mainstream.
Vivek Vadoliya is a London-based photographer & director. Since studying photography at Nottingham Trent University, his practice has encompassed portraiture and fashion and most recently expanded into documentary. His aesthetic can be described as intricately sensitive in its social rawness. His personal work adopts an anthropological approach; a method of working that is faithful to his commitment toward a visual narration that seeks to document overlooked communities and discover unique subcultures, an inclination that is undoubtedly informed by his lived experience as a second-generation British Indian.
Lu Xiao-Wei known professionally as Lu is a Taiwanese filmmaker and photographer based in London. Lu’s work embodies rich, striking visuals and symbolism with a focus on cultural relevance. She started directing fashion films, music videos and innovative content after she completed an MA in Photography and Electronic Art at Goldsmiths University of London. Lu's work aims to expand people's perceptions and explore marginalised narratives in Asian communities, gender identities, and her own experiences of Asian womanhood.
Jade Ang Jackman is a film director and writer. After studying Law & Anthropology at the London School of Economics, she first became interested in telling stories related to the criminal justice system and so started out in the world of documentary. Since then, she has worked across video genres but is often inspired by things around her whether that be curiosity over beauty regimes, the Jade green of her grandma’s necklace or casting that reflects her worldview. In 2018, she won best new director at the British Film Institute’s Future Film Festival and in November 2019 was nominated for Best New Director by the SHOTS. She has also been profiled as a woman shaping the future of the creative industries by the Dots.
Mona Bakht is London-based creative who recently graduated from Central Saint Martins where she studied Fashion Communication and Promotion. Her practice focuses primarily around filmmaking and photography, with a lo-fi style reminiscent of the 80's and raw documentation of cultures and communities. From moving image to editorial shoots, Mona is able to show the world her multidisciplinary style in the form of storytelling.
Nicolee is a Hong Kong born and London-based director and writer. She uses film as a means of rethinking identity and representation; by exploring images and narratives that revolve around the underrepresented community, especially those of Asian heritage, she hopes to create new conversations and reconstruct meanings of their experiences on screen.
Yuen Hsieh creates “fiction for a new generation”: the Taiwan-born, London and Shanghai-based filmmaker is known for his dystopic, futuristic videos, many that shed a light on the issues facing Chinese youth today. Inspired by dystopic sci-fi, video games, and anime, he aims to reveal “unspeakable truths” or taboo subjects such as sex work, suicide, and bullying.
Amy is a London-based visual artist and filmmaker. With a particular interest in creating site-specific experiences through moving image (film, animation) and sound, her work often investigates the complexity of the human psyche, self-identity, and the various communications we form with nature and technology.
Alia Syed was born in Wales, grew up in Scotland and lives in London. She has been making films for over 25 years. Syed’s films have been shown at numerous institutions around the world. Dr Amna Malik wrote that ‘Alia Syed's practice as a filmmaker tests the conventions of writing. Even though her films deploy a narrative structure they do so to unravel the very idea of beginnings and endings that is necessary to the act of making sense. Instead she uses repetition, circularity and the layering of word and image to explore the conditions under which the subject of language and desire is made present but also eludes our grasp.’ Most recently, Alia was Artist in Focus at Courtisane Festival Gent in Belgium (2019). Other exhibitions of note include, Delirium Equilibrium at Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi (2018), Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2012-13, 5th Moscow Biennale (2013); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010).