Competition: US & Canada
Artist Christy Chan creates public art projects that question the everyday power structures that uphold white supremacy in the United States. Using a combination of video, installation, performance, object-design, and social practice, her projects are often participatory, city-wide platforms that aim to draw citizens from under-represented communities together to speak their truths.
Projects include Fainting Couch (2022), Dear America (2021), Everybody Eats Lunch (2019), Inside Out (2019), I Still Live Here (2017) and Who’s Coming to Save You? (2015)
In 2021, following the censorship of her work for critiquing a U.S. president, Chan evolved her practice to bypass traditional municipal and institutional processes and founded Dear America, a guerrilla public art project that projects the art works of AAPI artists on to high rise buildings in urban areas in response to anti-Asian racism.
Chan’s work has been exhibited at venues including YBCA and Southern Exposure in San Francisco; Wassaic Project and Ortega y Gasset in New York; Film Independent in Los Angeles; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha; and on NPR. She has been awarded residencies and support from Mills College Art Museum, Montalvo Arts Center, SFFILM, California Arts Council and New York State Council on the Arts.