Image: Xiao Ke x Zi Han

What is Chinese? | Installation

Xiao Ke x Zi Han

A country, a culture, a community or an identity? A question is a mirror: come see yourself in this one.

Exhibition 20-23 & 26-29 February 2020
Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne


What is Chinese? is an international collaboration tracing the connections and distinctions between people the world over. Shanghai artists Xiao Ke and Zi Han have travelled the globe speaking to over 140 members of the Chinese diaspora, and an exhibition of their interviews and portraits forms the launching point for this many-faceted work. As What is Chinese? unfolds the pair will join local artists to create and live in a ‘home’ in Arts House’s Warehouse, where audiences will be invited to visit, eat and talk.

Part documentary, part performance, part installation, What is Chinese? ends with the local artists sharing new work that reflects on this playful zone of crosscultural contact.


Dates: 20 – 29 February 2020
Exhibition: 20-23 February 2pm-6pm & 26-29 February 2pm-7:30pm
Ticket: Free
Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Warning: May include nudity, coarse language, smoking and loud music
Accessibility: Contact Arts House for accessibility bookings.

What is Chinese? is co-commissioned by Arts House through the City of Melbourne and Asia TOPA through Arts Centre Melbourne, with support from the Sidney Myer Fund. This ongoing project has been supported by Taipei Performing Arts Centre. Made with the funding support of European Union and Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Produced by Bureau of Works (AU) and Materialise (HK)