Made in China: What could be more of a cliché?

Professor Wessie Ling will give a keynote to inform curatorial work for the Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen in the Netherlands.

Date: 1 July 2021

Wessie Ling, Professor of Transcultural Arts and Design at the London Metropolitan University, will be giving a keynote presentation for Made in China, a workshop at the Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen in the Netherlands, on 8 July.

Wessie’s keynote will contest the stereotypes, and at times micro and macro aggressions, of the phrase ‘Made in China’ and consider what it means to make of and with “China” as a place, as a heritage and as an idea,

Wessie said: “We have been (un)consciously living with Made in China produce since the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. This is an opportunity for us to juxtapose the multiple connotations of the phrase and its notion of multi-century making, creation, and artistic practices.”

Both Wessie’s keynote and the other presentations taking place will inform the museum's curatorial work on the viability of Made in China as a title and what it entails in the exhibit for a forthcoming exhibition at the Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen, taking place in 2023.

Wessie Ling is Director of CREATURE (The Centre for Creative Arts, Cultures and Engagement). She has written widely on the making of Chinese fashion including entries to Bloomsbury’s Encyclopedia of East Asian Design; Fashion in Multiple Chinas; "Italianerie": Transcultuality, Co-creation and Transforming Identities between Italy and Asia for Modern Italy; and Global Fashion for Zone Moda Journal, among many others.