Yale-China-Louisville Exchange: Week 1

Following their arrival in Louisville on June 30, Hong Kong artists Yang Hao and Parry Ling immediately began exploring the city, forming valuable connections with various individuals and organizations including Roots & Wings, New Roots, and artists Sara Pitt, Shohei Katayama and Andrew Cozzens – all while fleshing out their plan for participation in the Smoketown Arts Festival, their artist talk and performance on July 16, and how to connect their work in Louisville with the Yale-China exchange.

After just 8-hours in Louisville, Hao was off to his first 4-hour interactive research session working with three dancers from the Louisville Ballet, who he guided through a choreography series at the Louisville Ballet School in St. Matthews. Hao will spend more than 36 hours working with the dancers while in Louisville, and will continue his dance research with the Hong Kong Ballet upon his return to China.

Parry began his stay with a conversation over coffee at Wiltshire Bakery with Ayelet Aldouby, Special Projects Curator for Residency Unlimited about his work and process, before spending the day at YouthBuild Louisville (YBL) coordinating with staff to plan a 2-day workshop that focuses on how people value their food (or “lunch box”), during which participants will create molds and pewter castings. After the workshop and the Smoketown Arts Festival, Parry plans to spend the final week of his stay on a project that focuses on “ugly fruit.” This project will incorporate sculpting grocery-store produce to look like naturally-grown misshapen produce, and engaging consumers through interactive experiences.

Their second night in Louisville, Parry and Hao were introduced to community members and artists at a reception held at Asia Institute – Crane House in Old Louisville on Thursday, July 2. The current exhibit featuring work by Amira Karaoud, a Tunisian American artist and photographer, and Peacocks and Paisleys, which highlights asian pattern and design, set the backdrop for conversations ranging from contemporary dance to asian culture and food and poetry slams in the South.

Friday brought the trolley hop, with stops including Pyro and Local Speed, generating conversation about the differences between the art world, pricing, and studio spaces in Louisville, New York and Hong Kong, which continued over dinner at Garage Bar.

The following day, our trio of bikes and scooters ventured down to Waterfront Park for performances by the Louisville Orchestra and Ben Sollee, arts activities by Steam Exchange and KMAC, and a dazzling fireworks show for the 4th of July.

By Josh Miller and Lydia Grossman

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