Arianna Mercado
curator, writer

Wu Pei Chi, Still from “Dear Yu Chu,” 2020

Till We Meet Again IRL, Best Wishes, Asia-Art-Activism
co-curated with Annie Jael Kwan, Cường Phạm, and Howl Yuan
October 29 - November 29, 2020 / Asia-Art-Activism, London

Till We Meet Again IRL was an online program of exhibitions, performances, reading sessions, workshops, live conversations, audio broadcasts, and a collection of videos with four suggested screening pathways.

We’re all in this together (AAA Issue)
Screening pathway: Time warp

This program was generously supported by Arts Council England and Bagri Foundation.


Excerpts from the curatorial text:

In 2018, Asia-Art-Activism (AAA) was launched as a voluntary interdisciplinary, intergenerational and intersectional network of practitioners, and invited to take up residence at Raven Row in London, alongside other collectives of marginalized communities. ‘Taking space’ as a group of Asian, migrant, and diasporic bodies was activated as both a performative and political gesture in London, a historical site of colonial institutions and traditional instruments of power.

Since the pandemic surged across the world this year, everything and life as we have known before, have changed. How we work, live, thrive, love, and travel have been disrupted and challenged. These unsettling months which saw an increase of racist violence against Asian minorities worldwide, the brutal killing of George Floyd, and the subsequent global resurgence of the Black Lives Matter, have raised uncomfortable questions about our individual and intersected positionalities in relation to privilege and proximity to ‘whiteness’ and power.

From October to November 2020, AAA presents Till We Meet Again IRL, a programme curated with hopeful longing and through a process of emergent collective dreaming about how we might re-invent globalized and capitalist-driven relational structures that have proven dysfunctional and untenable.
Graphic design and image by Yarli Allison