Mar 4th 2018

Join us for on Sunday, March 4, 2018, for A workshop with Patricia Nguyen, “Towards a Politics of Healing: Ethics of Storytelling.”

A program of the Eclipsing Festival Workshop Mini-Series
Sunday, March 4, 2017 • 1:00-3:00 pm
Arts Incubator: 301 E. Garfield Blvd. Chicago, IL 60637
RSVP via Eventbrite:

Patricia Nguyen’s workshop begins with questions on the ethics of storytelling and witnessing especially of histories of violence and forced migration faced by communities of color. Who gets to tell these stories? Who profits from these stories? How do we ethically enter a conversation on power dynamics, politics of representation, and capitalism? Eclipsing holds within its movement the power to reveal and the power to hide as notions of visibility are played with. In this workshop, we will explore these questions and the modalities with which we create that may/may not eclipse hegemonic practices and/or usher in openings for other possibilities. Calling upon the writing of Stuart Hall, Christina Sharpe, D. Soyini Madison, Dwight Conquergood, Trinh Minh Ha, and Gloria Anzuldúa this workshop explores these questions through discussions and movement-based exercises.

This workshop is a program of the ECLIPSING FESTIVAL that converges around the first lunar eclipse of January, 2018. The Festival offers a constellation of events, experiences, and exhibitions including a workshop series, a performance festival, a vegan marketplace, a performative lecture, and a film/video screening. Eclipsing programs are hosted by Chicago art organizations Arts and Public Life, Links Hall, and Threewalls. For the complete festival program, schedule, locations and artists, visit

About Patricia Nguyen:
Patricia Nguyen is an artist, educator, and scholar born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Performance Studies at Northwestern University and a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow for New Americans. Her research and performance work examines critical refugee studies, political economy, forced migration, oral histories, inherited trauma, torture, and nation building in the United States and Vietnam. She has published work in Women Studies Quarterly, Harvard Kennedy School’s Asian American Policy Review, and The Methuen Drama Anthology of Modern Asian Plays edited by Siyuan Liu and Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. Patricia has over 15 years experience working in arts education, community development, and human rights in the United States and Vietnam. She has facilitated trainings and workshops with The Fulbright Program, American Center at the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam, Jane Addams Hull House, Christina Noble Foundation, Social Workers Association in Vietnam, Vietnamese American Young Leadership Association in New Orleans (VAYLA‐NO), Asian Human Services, and 96 Acres on issues ranging from forced migration, mental health, youth empowerment, and language access. As a performance artist, she has performed at the Nha San Collective in Vietnam, Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco, Jane Addams Hull House, Oberlin College, Northwestern University, University of Massachusetts Boston, Links Hall, Prague Quadrennial, and the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Chile. She is co-founder and executive director of Axis Lab, a community centered art, food, and design studio based in Uptown, Chicago that focuses on inclusive and equitable development for the Southeast Asian community.

About the Exhibition:
“Eclipsing: the politics of night, the politics of light”
Curated by Amina Ross and Justin Chance
January 26 – March 16, 2018
Arts Incubator: 301 E Garfield Blvd
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Friday 10:00 am-6:00 pm

Admission to the exhibition is free and open to the public.

Arts + Public Life events are wheelchair accessible. Contact us for assistance at 773.702.9724 or by email at

Arts and Public Life, an initiative of UChicago Arts, builds creative connections on Chicago’s South Side through artist residencies, arts education, and artist-led projects and events. We envision a robust, collaborative, and meaningful relationship between the University of Chicago and the South Side’s vibrant civic, cultural, and artistic communities. Learn more at

The ECLIPSING Workshop Mini-series is made possible in part by a grant from Illinois Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.

Official Website

More events on this date

Tags: , , , , , , ,