In the lead up to COP26, we are dedicating our global art and culture platform to a month-long public investigation of the urgent question ‘WHERE DO WE GO FROM NOW?’, featuring key responses from artists, writers, thinkers and various cultural leaders. The project harnesses today’s global moment of unpredictable flux to propose routes toward more inclusive, more creative and fairer societies, placing a focus on the shared “now” of this unique post-crisis moment, rather than the divided “here” of our individual circumstances.
Find out about today's artist response to the question ‘WHERE DO WE GO FROM NOW?’ below.
Vietnamese Chinese but born in Britain, designer A Sai Ta takes stereotypical Asian tropes and subverts them, creating clothing for his label Asai in which ideas of class, race, and identity converge.
A Sai Ta's submission in response to the question 'Where Do We Go From Now?' for October 2021 is featured below.
London born and based designer A Sai Ta launched his label ASAI with Fashion East in February 2017. After graduating from his BA at Central Saint Martins, he gained experience at The Row and was headhunted for a position at Kanye West’s Yeezy a year into his MA. ASAI takes the familiar, and reimagines it iconoclastically by entering into nuances of his British-Chinese-Vietnamese cultural heritage as a second generation Londoner.
Taking the craftsman’s spirit from his parents – a seamstress mother and a carpenter father – ASAI often employs surface decoration and fabric manipulation to create intricate textiles, which mirrors the designer’s appeal to disrupt familiar visual codes. By blending the bold colour waves, the ASAI Hot Wok Top has gained a cult status through the contemporary followings.