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Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. NO PROBLEMATICS takes interest in the moral panic around contemporary ideas of good political character. In decentering expected narratives surrounding identity, NO PROBLEMATICS creates a new world for us to consider in the process. Exploring how phenomena with extremely complex geopolitical histories are abstracted and reduced to flattened articulations of identity and relationality, Viola Chen questions: to what ends and for the benefit of whom? Chen attempts an alternative method through hardship, refusing to pay its constellations of intimacy due respect, and instead embodies a language of resistance that spreads like fire across the page.
Viola Chen is a writer, disability support worker and multi- media artist from Tianjin, currently based in Montreal. Navigating concatenations of identity, grief and absurd catharsis afforded within a disconcerting social order, they are interested in expropriating the distractedness of individual memory for collective affect. Their works have been exhibited in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Vancouver and Winnipeg.Author City: MONTREAL, QC CAN