Christy Chan

Christy Chan

Fellow: Awarded 2022
Field of Study: Fine Arts

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.

Photo Credit: Bethany Herron

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