Arriving Not Yet centers around the fundamental human need to connect with ourselves and others through sharing the challenges of migrant experiences. By illustrating the exclusion of the East-Asian and Chinese community on the one hand, and challenging visitors to explore their unique route to connection on the other, the exhibition encourages a sense of belonging as a collaborative effort. Arriving Not Yet is a hopeful journey toward a universal destination: the feeling of finally arriving home.

The marketing of the West is solid as ever. Europe and The Netherlands promise (non-Western) immigrants a life filled with abundance and happiness, but the reality looks very different for most:Neoliberalism, hyperindividualism and capitalism fuel a culture of exploitation and alienation; anti-Asian racism reduces people to stereotypes. You are welcome here as long as you contribute to the productivity cultus and occupy no more space than the corset of constricting stigmas allow. Therefore the only way out seems to be to work your way up the pyramid. 

Program maker Jinxiao Zhou is exploring a different way. Through the lens of  the ancient Chinese fable The Peach Blossom Spring – a world simultaneously utopian and dystopian, depending on perspective – which is about a fisherman who stumbles upon the dreamlike beauty of The Peach Blossom Spring, he dismantles the modern ideal of productive members of society. How do we adopt a resilient approach against racism and discrimination under capitalist society? While at the same time acknowledging the pain of those who suffer under these power structures? 

Arriving Not Yet invites you to journey through the duality of belonging and exclusion, where you’ll embark on a transformative exploration, challenging societal structures and fostering connections that transcend boundaries. Arriving Not Yet unites East with West, enchantment with disillusionment, the utopian with dystopian and the material world with the spiritual.


Open gallery
Photos by: Jacqueline Fuijkschot

Jinxiao Zhou (1990) is a visual artist, grassroots educator, and social worker dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ+ and immigrant communities. His pedagogical practice seeks to connect art educators from the East with the West.

Jinxiao’s work focuses on creating spaces where individuals can connect with themselves and others. Through the duality of the Peach Blossom Spring story in the exhibition, his aim is to provide visitors with a platform for contemplating who/what/where they aspire to belong.

Yin Yin Wong (1988, Winschoten, Nederland, currently based in Rotterdam) is a multidisciplinary artist working across a range of media including film, sculpture, drawing, and site-specific installation. Currently, they are researching possible bridges and juxtapositions between their modernist graphic design education and their Chinese-Malaysian diasporic upbringing. By focusing on themself as a site where different legacies and languages converge and complicate each other, Wong looks for overlaps that speak cross-culturally. Through an auto-ethnographic lens, they question the dominant frameworks that permeate almost every aspect of their life.

Utopia Syndicate is a collective and a space emerging from a friendship and companionship between Madison Jolliffe(1995, Fernie, Canada, currently based in Utrecht) and Tery Žeželj (1995, Postojna, Slovenia, currently based in Ljubliana, Slovenia). They create “utopian” experiences to shape the way we live with the world. They research and investigate potentials for alternative futures that emerge from practices of new-hope, radical imagination, prefigurative politics, and care. Utopia Syndicate is the host and nourisher of the artistic practice ‘the day after yesterday’.

Gerardo Gomez Tonda (b. 1981, Mexico City) is an artist who is based in Vriezenveen, the Netherlands. He holds a BA in Visual Arts from the ENPEG La Esmeralda, Mexico City, Mexico (2009) and an MAFA from the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, the Netherlands (2020). Gomez Tonda is interested in exploring belonging beyond settling and its fixities; with his proposition of practicing composting instead of rooting, to unlock nutrients and identify/filter toxicities, he facilitates participation through a relational process in which the self can become-with the audience. Gomez Tonda is inspired by the power of stories, haptic experience, sound and images, especially the relationships, entanglements, kinships and nostalgia they embody, and the pathways they open up to imagine other ways of being (together). While exploring notions of positionality, the artist utilizes his own displacement to understand complex and situated narratives of belonging, and to form propositions for more caring ways to live and die together. His work takes the form of performances, videos, workshops, drawings, and installations.

Jing He (1984, Kunming, China, Currently based in Rotterdam the Netherlands) holds a Master’s degree from Design Academy Eindhoven (NL), a Bachelor’s degree from Gerrit Rietveld Academie (NL), and a Bachelor degree from Central Academy of Fine Art (CN).

Jing He’s interest in culture, politics, and the history behind various daily objects leads to imaginative visual representations involving various materials and mediums. During the creation of her works, she is open to collaboration with people from different disciplines. Her works are rich in the details of daily life and her compassion for social phenomena comes from both where she has been raised and where she currently lives. Jing He refers to herself as a cultural hybrid. The same seems to be true for her works. They are hybrids between different creative disciplines, cultures, co-creators, materials, and mediums.

Qiaochu Guo, Qiaochu Guo (they/them) is a visual artist and performer in slow mobility, born in Jingmen, China, and living in the Netherlands. Qiaochu is interested in how the established social structure influences the body’s experiences: alienation, abandonment, exhaustion, and disease, which leads to their works playing with the autonomous potential body of hacking, defeating, disrupting, and restoring as the strategies. Their work is not limited to a certain media, conveyed in a sticky, thick, blurry, permeating way. They have shown works at Van Abbe Museum, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Framer Framed, Mediamatic, Garage Rotterdam, and others, and performed at Flam #9, Worm, De Singel, and Veem.

Gerardo de Jesus Salas Perez (born in 1990 in Guadalajara, Mexico, currently based in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Stockholm, Sweden) is a media artist and scenography designer. He will contribute as a scenography design assistant to this project, particularly for the holographic scenery. Salas has garnered extensive experience through his immersive media art and scenography design practice. His work delves into nuanced gestures and dynamic engagements with the environment and light, crafting poetic dimensions within everyday life.

About HOME

HOME is the leitmotiv by which we encourage conversation about conceptions regarding belonging, representation and identification. HOME is a fundament, the place you return to and anchorpoint for the journey onward. HOME (offline as well as online) is the start of feeling connect to others. Under the name HOME we also present exhibitions in the showroom of MAMA. In collaboration with young makers we express interpretations about HOME | IN REAL LIFE | NETWORKS.


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