Join Plus/Space artist Cecile Chong and interdisciplinary scholar Suzanne Schneider for a public discussion about Cecile Chong's installation in the Plus/Space.
"In Between Daylight" is a site-specific installation that references ideas of danger, fear and risk taking in an environment that may be beautiful, disorienting and haunting all at the same time. The piece calls attention to what immigrants and refugees may experience while crossing treacherous political and geographical borders in forests, jungles and bodies of water across the world, filled with hope to reach an unpredictable future.
Cecile Chong has received fellowships and residencies including the Joan Mitchell Center, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, the Lower East Side Printshop, MASS MoCA Studios, Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, The Center for Book Arts, Socrates Sculpture Park, AIM - Bronx Museum, Urban Artist Initiative NYC, Aljira Emerge and the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. Solo exhibitions include Selena Gallery, BRIC House, Emerson Gallery Berlin, Germany, Honey Ramka Project Space, Figuresworks, Praxis International Art Project Space, Corridor Gallery and ArtSPACE. She received an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design in 2008, an MA in education from Hunter College, and a BA in Studio Art from Queens College. Her early schooling took place in Ecuador, Macau and China. Cecile lives and works in New York and is currently part of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program. www.CecileChong.com
Suzanne Schneider received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the Department of Middle East, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University. An interdisciplinary scholar working in the fields of history, religious studies, and political theory, Suzanne’s research interests relate to Jewish and Islamic modernism, religious movements in the modern Middle East, the history of modern Palestine/Israel, secularism, and political identity. She is the author of Mandatory Separation: Religion, Education, and Mass Politics in Palestine (Stanford University Press) and a regular contributor to The Revealer: A Review of Religion and Media. She is currently working on a book about religious violence in the modern age. In her capacity as Brooklyn Institute for Social Research’s Deputy Director, Suzanne oversees program execution, development initiatives, and institutional partnerships.
The Panel Discussion is made possible thanks to an Action Grant from Humanities New York.