Mai Ling, Becoming Stickiness, 2023 © Mai Ling
Mai Ling: Not Your Ornament
Sep 15 – Nov 12, 2023
Wien, Austria

Founded in Vienna in 2019, Mai Ling is an artists’ collective and association dedicated to facilitating dialogues about experiences of racism, sexism, homophobia, and any kind of prejudgment, particularly against Asian FLINT* (women*, lesbian, inter*, non-binary, and trans*). Rooted in solidarity against patriarchal and racial discrimination, the group offers a protected space and growing network to give voice to the many individuals affected by such discrimination and foster new forms of collaboration. Encouraging and contextualizing contemporary Asian art and culture, Mai Ling employs a variety of artistic and discursive formats such as performances, texts, videos, sound, installations, talk series, interventions, and protests.

Mai Ling’s name refers to an eponymous television sketch from 1979 by the German comedian Gerhard Polt that showcases sexist and racial stereotypes and prejudices against Asian women* in German-speaking society. Drawing from this work and addressing present-day issues, Mai Ling challenges the Western patriarchal gaze and confronts racist fantasies that keep reproducing stereotypes about “Asia” and are still deeply embedded and internalized by society.

  • Chris Johanson
    Sep 16 – Oct 21, 2023
    Altman Siegel
    San Francisco, USA

    In a special exhibition, Altman Siegel is pleased to present a monumental and historic work by Chris Johanson. Exhibited for the first time since 2000, this painted triptych, Untitled, offers a rare insight into Johanson’s early large-scale works.

    Known for his observant nature, Johanson was invited to participate in Glen Helfand’s 1999 exhibition, “Museum Pieces,” about the history of the de Young Museum. (more…)