Chinese-American actress Joan Chen to illuminate Asian representation in cinema at M+’s prestigious Lars Nittve lecture on 24th February

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Joan Chen with a filming crew. Photo: Courtesy of Joan Chen

15th February 2024 – (Hong Kong) M+, Asia’s premier institution for contemporary visual culture, situated in the burgeoning West Kowloon Cultural District of Hong Kong, is poised to host a luminary event within its architectural centrepiece, the Grand Stair. The ‘M+ Lars Nittve Keynote Lecture Series: Joan Chen in Conversation with Maggie Lee’ is slated for the afternoon of Saturday, 24th February 2024, from 3pm to 4.30pm. The event, heralded for its insightful discourse, is open to global audiences with complimentary online registration.

The keynote conversation spotlights the distinguished Joan Chen, a figure of cinematic repute whose career has bridged the East and West since the 1980s. Chen’s trajectory from Shanghai to Hollywood is a testament to the evolving dynamics of Asian representation in the global film industry. Attendees and online viewers are set to glean a wealth of understanding from Chen’s extensive tenure as both an actor and a filmmaker, offering a nuanced exploration into the depiction of Asian actors and the multifaceted experiences of women within the sphere of international cinema.

This dialogue draws inspiration from Chen’s iconic portrayal in the seminal film ‘The Last Emperor’ (1987), a narrative that weaves the rich tapestry of China’s modern history through an international collaborative lens. The film’s cultural resonance is underscored by the inclusion of its costumes in M+’s Special Exhibition ‘Madame Song: Pioneering Art and Fashion in China’. Engaging with the esteemed film critic Maggie Lee, Chen will articulate her insights into the film’s enduring success and the breadth of her professional roles—from in front of the camera to behind it, encompassing both producing and directing.

The lecture, conducted in English, will be broadcast live across the M+ website, Facebook, YouTube, and Bilibili platforms, ensuring an inclusive reach to a global audience. The event will also cater to local attendees with simultaneous interpretation in Cantonese and Mandarin available on site, reflecting M+’s commitment to accessibility and cultural engagement.

For those interested in participating in this enriching cultural experience, details regarding the event and registration process can be found on the M+ website.

The event is generously supported by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Hong Kong and forms a crucial part of the ‘M+ Lars Nittve Keynote Lecture Series’. This prestigious series consistently assembles artists and scholars of international standing to deliberate on expansive cultural themes and contemporary issues. Joan Chen’s upcoming conversation with Maggie Lee promises to be a significant addition to this intellectual tradition, offering attendees an unparalleled opportunity to engage with the complexities of cultural identity and the cinematic arts.Share