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Mother by Mindy Meng Wang

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Mother is the most private work from the COVID inspired project Enduring Union, in which I use music, film and images to tell stories from Wuhan, my hometown Lanzhou, and where I live now, Melbourne.

Many families have been separated by the virus this year, some sadly between life and death, some luckier between different countries. My mother lives alone in Lanzhou, an industrial city in northwest of China. The Australia travel ban from China started on 1st of February, just a few days before my mother’s flight to Melbourne, to our long-waited reunion.

Since then, there have been many outbreaks and lockdowns in Lanzhou and Melbourne, we worry about each other but there is nothing we can do. I haven’t seen my mother for almost 2 years, and with the restriction of international travel and political tension I can’t even estimate when we will see each other again.

In Mother, for the first time, I will tell you my personal stories between me and my mother, especially the complex emotional journey we are going through during global pandemic.”


You can also watch the artist, Mindy Meng Wang, in conversation with Adolfo Aranjuez, talking about Mother here: 

Image credit: Mindy Meng Wang. Photo by Panzi Studio.


Mindy Meng Wang is an internationally renowned versatile Chinese/Australian Composer and Guzheng Performing Artist. She was born and classical trained in China, studied western musicology in UK and then migrated to Australia. She is a pioneer to bring Guzheng (2500 years old Chinese Harp) into many western genres such as experimental, Jazz, western classical, Electronic and improvisation. She has collaborated with many high-profile artists and frequently performed in many significant festivals, shows and venues in Australia, the UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and France.

Her work explores the fertile space between traditional and contemporary practices my long term vision is to creates a strong voice for young female composers/artist of Chinese heritage, and more importantly, create a deeper and reciprocal musical connection between Australia and China.

Facebook: Mindy Meng Wang
Instagram: @mindy_mengwang
YouTube: Mindy Meng Wang
Soundcloud: Mindy Meng Wang
BandCamp: Mindy Meng Wang

Image credit: Kun Li. Photo courtesy the artist.


Kun Li is a filmmaker and educator who lives in Lanzhou, China. He is experienced in script writing and filmmaking. His recent film works “The Riverside”, “The Novelist” and “Cyber Lanzhou” were big successes and demonstrated his own style. He also teaches film directing in Northwest University of nationalities.

Mother by Mindy Meng Wang is presented as part of Mapping Melbourne 2020-21.

Featured image credit: Mindy Meng Wang, photo by Tammy Zhao Yang.




January 21
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm