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“Making Home” performance and artist talk: Beili Liu

To accompany its installation Each in the exhibition Making a Home: Artists and Immigrationartist Beili Liu joins Asia Society Texas for a performance and an artist talk. As guests view the gallery installation, the artist sits in contemplative silence during her performance, mending damaged and worn children’s clothing. She repairs objects as an act of restoration in response to children’s immigration experiences on the southern border of the United States. The performance will be followed by a conference with the artist and a question-and-answer session with the public.

Making a Home: Artists and Immigration focuses on immigration and related themes through the works of Phung Huynh, Beili Liu, Tuan Andrew Nguyenand Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya. The exhibition addresses the individual and lived experiences of immigration through the paintings, engravings, drawings, sculptures and installations of the four artists presented. return home centers the complexities of deeply personal histories of immigration, as artists consider themes of intergenerationality, the repercussions of colonial histories, dislocation, memory, otherness, belonging and resilience.

About the artist

Beili Liu is a visual artist who creates site-specific installations focused on materials and processes. Working with common materials such as thread, needle, scissors, feather, salt, wax and cement, Liu manipulates their intrinsic qualities to extrapolate complex cultural narratives. As Kay Whitney wrote of Liu’s work in sculpture magazine: “Liu’s installations move from obsession and repetition to something deep and expansive, fusing the personal with the political.”

Liu exhibits internationally in locations such as Norway, Finland, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Lithuania, China, Poland, Taiwan and across the United States, with solo exhibitions in places such as Galerie An Der Pinakothek Der Moderne, Munich, Germany, Elisabeth de Brabant Art Center, Shanghai, China, Chinese Culture Foundation, San Francisco, CA, the Crow Museum of Asian Art, Dallas, TX, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX, and Women & Their Work, Austin, TX. Her work has been supported by numerous grants, scholarships and awards, including: Fulbright Arctic Chair, Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award, Norway (2021-2022), New York Foundation for the Arts Fiscal Sponsorship (2021) and Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Scholarship sculptors (2016). Liu was honored by the Texas Legislature and the Texas Commission on the Arts as a Texas State Artist (2018, 3D). Liu’s work has been featured on the PBS series Arts in Context, sculpture magazine, Art in America, New York Times, Washington Post, the wall street journal, Huffington Postand ART newsamong others.

Born in Jilin, China, Beili Liu now lives and works in Austin, Texas. Liu earned his MFA degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2003). Liu is a Fellow of the Institute for the Humanities (2020-2022) and a Leslie Waggener Endowed Professor at the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.