112: Ping Chong on using art to empower and heal
“We’re drifting so far away from our humanity that we need to retrieve who we are.” Ping Chong takes a proactive approach to art, creating spaces for ordinary citizens to come on stage and speak their truth. Watch Ping Chong explain how art is action - reaffirming the experiences of marginalized communities and creating a more just society.
For me, it's about the urgency
of being a proactive artist.
We're drifting so far away from our humanity,
not only because of politics but because of technology,
that we need to retrieve who we are.
In my own work, I'm creating spaces for ordinary citizens
to feel empowered to speak onstage, telling their own trut.
There's been over 60 productions with different communities-
with the Congolese community, victims of war,
with folks who were sexually abused as children,
with people who have disabilities.
Part of my work is also about healing.
It's about helping people feel reaffirmed.
That has value in helping to create
a society that's more just and more humane.
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