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Incurable Nostalgia is a multimedia project, including a 16mm film loop installation, videos, drawings, and sculpture which the artist will produce during her 3-month long residency at the 18th Street Art Center. This project is a reflection of the artist’s current status after losing her childhood home and the processes of rethinking and searching for the meaning of home, both literal and metaphorical.

The project takes inspiration from The Future of Nostalgia by Svetlana Boym, which describes how Modern Nostalgia has transformed from being a curable disease in the 17th century, then going beyond individual psychology and eventually becoming a public epidemic, mourning for an impossible return. 

Hu intends to reflect on how we are experiencing the collective grief and longing for the world we knew, and the normality that we may never return to under the current pandemic era.  Also, how the months-long lockdown, stay-at-home orders, climate crises, and travel restrictions have shifted our notion of home and altered the relationship between our body and space. 

Incurable Nostalgia will also include site-specific performative elements where the artist will utilize her temporary “home,” the studio space and new surroundings, to create multimedia work juxtaposing the past and present, dreams and everyday life representing her processes of adaptation.

The exhibition included Incurable Nostalgia, a virtual dinner conversation between Nung-Hsin Hu, Hitomi Iwasaki (Director of Exhibitions and Programs at the Queens Museum), Jessica Kairé (Artist and Co-founder of NuMu), and Frida Cano (Assistant Curator / Artist Residency Coordinator at 18th Street Arts Center) on Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 at 5 PM PST/ 8 PM EST/ 9 AM Taiwan. View the recorded conversation below!

From Wednesday, December 2 at noon PST to Friday, December 4 at noon PST, there was a 48 hour screening of the artist’s new work.

**NOTE: Due to rising COVID-19 cases in LA County, 18th Street Arts Center closed public appointments for this exhibition effective January 11, 2021. We encourage all interested viewers to enjoy the content on this page in order to experience the artist’s work.

Nung-hsin Hu’s exhibition and three-month Artist Residency is generously supported by the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan and Taiwan Academy Los Angeles.


Nung-Hsin Hu (胡農欣) is a Taiwanese born U.S.-based interdisciplinary artist who interweaves video, sculpture, performance, and installation in her practice. Her work intends to reveal the invisible status, articulate the unconsciousness, and perform the vulnerability through a poetic and whimsical approach. Her current projects utilize analogue film combining traditional and direct film-making techniques to address a sense of loss, archive the ephemeral and discuss the subjects of time and memory.

Hu has exhibited and screened widely both in the U.S. and abroad including, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York, Videoformes Festival in France, Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires, and Oil Street Art Space in Hong Kong. Hu has received various grants including, Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, National Culture and Arts Foundation of Taiwan-International Exchange fellowship, and Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning – Van Lier Fellowship. She has also participated in international residencies, including, Casa das Caldeiras in São Paulo, the Lichtenberg Studios in Berlin, the Arctic Circle Residency Program in Norway, SHIFT residency at EFA project space in New York, SÍM residency in Iceland.

To see more of the artist’s work, visit: https://18thstreet.org/artists/nung-hsin-hu-2020/. 


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