Seeing Color

Seeing Color

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Seeing Color is a podcast that talks with cultural workers and artists of color in order to expand the area of what is a predominantly white space in the arts. With discussions shifting between art and race, Zhiwan Cheung hashes out with guests a range of topics about the creative process in a white-dominated art world.


43: Rhizomatic Collectivism (w/ Rosalia Namsai Engchuan)
May 19 • 53 min
Hey everyone. Summer is soon to be upon us, although the future seems slightly less joyous. I keep releasing these episodes but I do wonder what exactly they are doing in contrast to these times affected by COVID-19. I hope you as listeners are taking…
42: What’s More American Than Slavery (w/ Dell Marie Hamilton)
May 5 • 65 min
Hi everyone. I hope you are staying safe, healthy, and sane in these strange time. Today is another week of quarantining and it seems states and countries are slowly opening up but I don’t know if that is the best idea without a vaccine. I guess we will…
41: The Space In Between (w/ Valery Jung Estabrook)
Apr 21 • 78 min
Hey everyone. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Spring time has arrived and I’ve been trying to enjoy walks in the woods. Otherwise, I am teaching art classes remotely and wondering about the future, as I am sure everyone else is in this…
40: No More Handshakes (w/ Joy-Marie Thompson)
Apr 7 • 47 min
Hey everyone. I hope everyone is doing well in these crazy times. I don’t have too much news on my end. Every Sunday night to Tuesday morning I teach my students in China, but otherwise I’ve been reading a lot and spending time learning Chinese. I have…
39: Citizenship For Paradise (w/ Jova Lynne)
Mar 24 • 87 min
Hello everyone. I hope everyone is doubly and triply well today. The world has gone crazy and I am wishing that everyone is making it through this difficult time. China seems to be doing okay and my school was thinking of starting back up by the end of…
38: No Such Thing As Postcolonial (w/ Rhea Ramjohn)
Mar 10 • 50 min
Hey everyone. I hope everyone is well. Not much new is going on with me. I’ve been just slowly adjusting my sleep schedule and teaching my students using video conferencing through the Zoom app. I had to adjust a few assignments to fit with the new format…
37: Poetry Under Pressure (w/ Jo Elizabeth Stewart)
Feb 25 • 75 min
Hey everyone. I hope everyone is staying safe. My school in China has currently moved to online teaching for the foreseeable future as no one knows how long the virus will affect China. As I mentioned in my previous episode, I rerouted my flight to…
36: Language and Place(w/ Diana Lee)
Feb 11 • 60 min
Hey everyone. I hope everyone is doing well. My life has been a bit hectic the past few weeks. I was living in Vermont finishing up my time at a residency when the whole Coronavirus became a major issue. For those not keeping up with the news in Asia,…
[Bonus] Art People Pod
Jan 28 • 81 min
Hello everyone. It has been a while and I hope everyone is taking care of themselves properly this winter season. I feel bad having taken such a long break but I had been traveling quite a bit and then my computer needed some fixing. Everything is now up…
35: Asian Masculities (w/ Sarnt Utamachote)
Dec 10, 2019 • 65 min
Hey everyone. I hope you are doing well. The weather has changed slightly here in Zhuahi…it feels like LA at the moment, although not a dry. I’ve been recently falling in love with the tropical breeze here. I am still coming to terms with living in a…
34: Movies and Zines (w/ Sophia Zarders)
Nov 26, 2019 • 50 min
Hey everyone. Another two weeks has gone by and a new episode is here for you. I don’t have too much new going on at the moment. Next week I’ll be going on a trip to Xi’an with my Chinese class. I’m excited to see the Terracotta Army there and try…
33: Information Is Liberation (w/ Femi Oyewole)
Nov 12, 2019 • 67 min
Hey everyone. I hope everyone is well. Classes are past the halfway point and I am starting to think about my winter plans. There are a few places I want to visit in China. This past weekend, I was happy to see my parents as they were visited Hong Kong.…
32: Failing Fast (w/ Natalia Gomez)
Oct 29, 2019 • 88 min
Hey everyone. I hope everyone is enjoying fall. The weather in Zhuhai is finally not unbearably hot and sticky. I have been trying my best to learn Chinese and it is kicking my ass, although I notice I am easing in it a bit better than others as I was…
31: So, Barack Obama (w/ Yvette Robertson)
Oct 15, 2019 • 68 min
Hey everyone. Time is flying by and at the same time, I no longer have a good grasp of how long I’ve been in China. Last week was a haze as I flew out to Chicago to see my brother get married. I got to see my family which is always a good thing. I didn’t…
30: Speaking to the Gaps aka One Year Anniversary Edition (w/ Billie Lee)
Oct 1, 2019 • 76 min
Hello everyone. Wow…so it’s been a year since I launched this podcast. I am a bit shocked the podcast lasted this long. I still remember releasing my first episode with Justin Favela. I had just moved to Berlin and didn’t quite know the identity of my…
29: A Haunting of Geography (w/ Shannon Tamara Lewis)
Sep 17, 2019 • 69 min
Hey everyone. I hope everyone is enjoying the end of summer. Things are going well in China. There is a lot to learn about the Chinese bureaucratic system as I try to get things done. There’s always a sense of community over individuality, which is…
28: The Thing Is Larger Than You (w/ Accra Shepp)
Sep 3, 2019 • 89 min
Hey everyone. It feels like it’s been a while, but I finally made it into China. It was a very long and stressful flight until I was able to settle down my bags. To give you a rundown of what happened that day, basically I didn’t have an entry visa until…
27: What Is Our Own Narrative (w/ Vanessa Vu)
Aug 20, 2019 • 87 min
Hello everyone. Today I have some news to share with you followed by a very special episode. So I recently got a teaching/professorship opportunity in Zhuhai, a small city in China, to teach art. Most people don’t seem to know where Zhuhai is, which is…
26: Activisim, Advocacy, or Advertisement (w/ D.S. Kinsel)
Aug 6, 2019 • 43 min
Hey y’all. Today I have a relatively short but special episode for you. I met up with Darrell Kinsel, also professionally known as D.S. Kinsel, at his project space, Boom Concepts. I first met Darrell just at the inception of Boom Concepts while they…
25: Relationships Are Complicated (w/ Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo)
Jul 23, 2019 • 59 min
Hey all. In today’s episode, I have a really intense conversation with the wonderful artist, Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo. I first met Christa through Nine, who I interviewed on Episode 16. A few months after, we ran into each other as we both installed our…
24: The 360 Degree Rule (w/ Christiane Dolores)
Jul 9, 2019 • 69 min
Hey y’all. I hope everyone is doing well. I don’t have too much new news these days, although I have a whole bunch of interesting people I have lined up to interview in the coming months. Although you may not hear them until a few months later given my…
23: I Didn’t Want To Make Oriental Paintings (w/ Eugina Song)
Jun 25, 2019 • 57 min
Hi everyone. I hope your week is going well. I spent the past week at Art Basel in Switzerland. I got free housing with an art friend, so shout out to Felipe Castelblanco, and I got some VIP tickets from a special curator friend. Basel was stupid…
22: I’ve Made It As A Pornstar At Least (w/ Tsohil Bhatia)
Jun 11, 2019 • 69 min
Hey everyone. I hope you are enjoying the coming of summer. Everyone here in Berlin seems so much more happy biking around and drinking beers along the canal, as opposed to their usual grumpy German self. The sun has been rising earlier each day, and I…
21: You Say More Through Your Body Than Paint On A Canvas (w/ Tara Fay)
May 27, 2019 • 73 min
Hey everyone. On this episode, I have a special interview with Tara Fay. I think Tara’s instagram profile describes her best as an independent curator, performance artist, and streetwear enthusiast. Tara is also on the board of directors at Bunker…
20: What Are You? (w/ Shohei Katayama)
May 14, 2019 • 53 min
On this episode, I visited Shohei Katayama’s studio in Pittsburgh. Shohei received his B.A. in Studio Art from Bellarmine University in 2010 and is currently working towards his Master of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University. His work includes line…
19: If The Community Doesn’t Support Us We Don’t Deserve To Be Here (w/ Naomi Chambers)
Apr 30, 2019 • 63 min
On this episode, I biked over to The Flower House, located in Wilkinsburg, a borough right next to Pittsburgh. The Flower House is a creative space cultivated by group-centered artists who practice cooperative economics to empower women and families.…
18: A Clear Queer Path in The Arts (w/ José Carlos Diaz)
Apr 16, 2019 • 70 min
On this episode, I went to the Andy Warhol Museum to meet up with José Carlos Diaz, the Chief Curator there. We used the office meeting rooms late one summer day, just as the sun began to fall towards the horizon line. Prior to the Warhol, José was the…
17: We Have To Want More For Ourselves (w/ Staycee Pearl)
Apr 2, 2019 • 67 min
On this episode, I biked over to Staycee Pearl’s house to record this wonderful conversation. Staycee is the co-artistic director of PearlArts Studios and STAYCEE PEARL dance project, where she creates dance-centered multimedia works with her husband and…
16: Diving Into Berlin’s Racist History (w/ Nine Yamamoto-Masson)
Mar 26, 2019 • 138 min
On this episode, I took a long look at the complicated racial history in Germany with Nine Yamamoto-Masson. I was first introduced to Nine by Carol Zou, who I interviewed on Episode 12, which I will link in the show notes. Nine is artist, practicing…
15: It’s More Than a Name (w/ Ching-chu Hu)
Mar 12, 2019 • 81 min
On this episode, I hung out with Ching-chu Hu, a musician, composer, and dad of four beautiful children. I first met Ching-chu in Wyoming, through the Brush Creek Art Residency. Born in Iowa City, Ching-chu grew up in a predominately white area and we…
14: So Many Micro-Aggressions (w/ Njaimeh Njie)
Feb 26, 2019 • 63 min
On this episode, I spoke with Njaimeh Njie, a photographer, filmmaker, and multimedia producer. Njaimeh grew up in Pittsburgh before heading to Washington University in St. Louis to earn a B.A. in Film and Media studies. Njaimeh describes her primary…
13: All I Had To Do Was Let Go And Fall Apart (w/ John Peña)
Feb 12, 2019 • 116 min
On this episode, I headed over to John Peña’s house in Wilkinsburg to chat. I met John when I first arrived in Pittsburgh for graduate school and always found him to be warm and kind. John also received his MFA from Carnegie Mellon, but in 2008, well…
12: Self-Mythologizing (w/ Carol Zou)
Jan 29, 2019 • 86 min
On this episode, my close friend Carol Zou visited me in Berlin and I was overjoyed to finally chat with Carol. I have known Carol since our time in undergrad and seen her develop over the years into a formidable artist, activist, and cultural worker. She…
11: Harmony (w/ Umar Rashid)
Jan 15, 2019 • 67 min
Happy New Years everyone! I wish you had time for peace and reflection as we head into 2019. For this coming year, I am excited to release and share a whole batch of new interviews with you. Just as a reminder, Ariel Jackson, who I interviewed in the…
10: Rights of Opacity (w/ Ariel René Jackson)
Jan 1, 2019 • 135 min
Happy holidays and New Years everyone! I hope you are enjoying this much needed time with friends and family. On this particular episode, I took a brief trip to London to visit some friends and see some art. While there, I had the chance to chat with…
9: Grinding Work Into A Fine Hash (w/ Paul Peng)
Dec 18, 2018 • 68 min
On this episode, I am excited to share with you the conversation I had with Paul Peng. Paul is an artist based in Pittsburgh who I met while we were both in school. I’ve been a fan of his art for quite a while and was looking forward to talking to Paul…
8: We Are All Cute (w/ Tereneh Idia)
Dec 4, 2018 • 100 min
On this episode, I had the pleasure of talking with Tereneh Idia, a designer and writer currently based in Pittsburgh, PA. Tereneh attended Drexel University before moving around Washington D.C., Baltimore, and New York City. Tereneh describes these…
7: Tears and Pizza (w/ Adil Mansoor)
Nov 20, 2018 • 94 min
On this episode, I speak with Adil Mansoor, a theatre director and educator who’s work centers around the stories of queer folk and people of color. Adil is a founding member of Pittsburgh’s Hatch Arts Collective and a member of the Heinz Endowments’…
6: They Can Sure Enough Pronounce My Name (w/ Kilolo Luckett)
Nov 6, 2018 • 76 min
Hey everyone and welcome back. For this episode, I meet up with Kilolo Luckett, an art historian, writer, cultural producer, and curator. She also works as the arts commissioner for the city of Pittsburgh and is the curator for the August Wilson Center.…
5: The Myth of Sisyphus (w/ Yujin Lee)
Oct 23, 2018 • 78 min
On this episode, I met with Yujin Lee, an artist who works with video, drawing, and printmaking. Yujin is interested in microhistorical narratives that revisit themes such as war, globalization, and collective identity. I first met Yujin while we were…
4: Cry, Baby (w/ Devan Shimoyama)
Oct 16, 2018 • 72 min
On this episode, I have the privilege of speaking with Devan Shimoyama, a wonderful artist and close friend. Devan grew up in Philadelphia and went to Penn State for his BFA before completing his MFA from Yale University in Painting/Printmaking in 2014.…
3: Who Gets To Be Called International (w/ Sarika Goulatia)
Oct 9, 2018 • 86 min
On this episode, I visit Sarika Goulatia in her studio, which was filled up to the ceiling with materials for her sculptures. Born in India, Sarika often works with large objects that are labor intensive to construct. Originally specializing in textiles,…
2: There Are Black People In The Future (w/ Alisha Wormsley)
Oct 2, 2018 • 56 min
On this episode, I sit down with Alisha Wormsley, an artist based in Pittsburgh who creates photos, sculpture, sound, and time-based work based on collective memory and the synchronicity of time periods. I first came to know of Alisha through her Homewood…
1: Launching Off with a Latino Who Lunches (w/ Justin Favela)
Sep 25, 2018 • 48 min
On this episode, I sit down with Justin Favela, a Las Vegas based artist who also co-hosts the Latinos Who Lunch Podcast. Justin and I first met in Miami at a residency, where we bonded over pupusas, empanadas, and the movie, Get Out. I caught up with…
Trailer
Sep 11, 2018 • 1 min
Hey everyone and welcome to my podcast, Seeing Color Pod. I am your host, Zhiwan Cheung. This is my trailer for my podcast. I hope you enjoy this.