Artist

Ming Yuen S. Ma

Ming Yuen S. Ma is a Los Angeles based media artist, independent curator, and educator/activist. He was born in Buffalo, New York and was raised in Hong Kong. Ma has exhibited video installation projects in the U.S. and Canada. His videotapes Aura and Toc Storee, which explore different aspects of Asian and Pacific Islander gay experiences, have screened at Asian, Australian, U.S., Canadian, European and Mexican festivals. He has initiated collaborative projects, such as the video installation Between The Lines; Who Speaks? which is based on the keynote address given by Edward Albee at the 1991 Out Write Conference in San Francisco and explores the cultural and political interface between language and multiculturalism. In 1995, he was an artist-in-residence at Video In Studios, Vancouver and was also awarded an Art Matters Fellowship. Ma has taught youth video production workshops at the award winning VIDKIDCO program, the Eagles Center - a lesbian and gay high school in Hollywood, and the City of Manhattan Beach. He co-produced Divas in Training, the first hour long program of videos made by lesbian and gay youth in North America. Divas in Training has been screened in Los Angeles, New York, Sao Paulo/Brazil, and on Free Speech TV.
Ma received his BA in Art History form Columbia University and a MFA in Art from California Institute of the Arts. He has been involved in political and community organizations such as ACT UP and various lesbian and gay Asian groups. He was part of a group that pioneered culturally specific AIDS prevention education in Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the New York Tri-state area, and was one of the organizers of the 1991 Second National People of Color AIDS Activist Conference held in New York City. After relocating to Los Angeles, Ma has re-focussed his organizing work to the media arts community, working with organizations such as Visual Communications and L.A. Freewaves. He is currently a board member of Foundation for Art Resources, Inc. (FAR), a Los Angeles based non-profit organization dedicated to facilitate the production and presentation of artwork not supported by traditional galleries, museums, universities or other arts organizations.

Videography

Sniff

1997, 05:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English

Myth(s) of Creation

1997, 15:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English

Slanted Vision

1995, 50:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English

Toc Storee

1992, 21:00 minutes, colour/B&W, Chinese/English w Subtitles

Let My People Go

1992, 05:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English

Aura

1991, 07:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English

Critical Writing

reVISION99
by Nina Czegledy. WRO 99, 1999. Wroclaw: WRO 99, 1999.
Radical Aesthetics: Third annual film fest comes to the Foufounes...
by Alex Halperin. The McGill Daily, Sept. 11, 1997.