4A TALKS // Sophia Cai: Art, craft, collective solidarity and fandom culture

4A TALKS | THURSDAY 13 MAY | 6PM – 6:45PM 

Sophia Cai: Art, craft, collective solidarity and fandom culture

Curator, writer and knitter Sophia Cai speaks with producer Mariam Arcilla from 4A about the mobilising power of art, craft and fandom culture, and how embodied writing, teaching, hobbies, and K-pop have shaped Sophia’s practice. During the conversation, Cai discusses racism, self-care, mask politics, and using the colour ‘yellow’ as a reverse cultural signifier
through her hand-knitted work Safety Yellow Woman, which featured in the exhibition Acute Actions: Responses to I Am Not A Virus.

Held in May 2021 as part of Acute Actions: Responses to I Am Not A Virus, presented by 4A and Diversity Arts, the talk was broadcasted via 4A IG Live from the unceded Lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation.

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Sophia Cai is a curator and arts writer based in Narrm/Melbourne, Australia. She currently teaches as a sessional lecturer in the department of Critical and Theoretical Studies, Victorian College of Arts at the University of Melbourne, while also maintaining an independent curating and writing practice. Sophia is particularly interested in Asian art history, the intersection between contemporary art and craft, as well as feminist methodologies and community-based practices.

Images (top-bottom):

Sophia Cai, Safety Yellow Woman, 2020-2021, hand-knitted wool garment – adult size, yarn support provided by Fancy Tiger Crafts. Courtesy the artist.

Sophia Cai, headshot, courtesy the artist.