Artist Statement (from https://startgallery.wfu.edu/exhibitions/kristiana-chan-one-nation/ )
“Where are you from?” A question benign as any other on the surface, but one that carries with it implications and assumptions that have always caused me to take pause. This question, posed to most people, typically prompts a response of a hometown or state. But my replies of “Charlotte, North Carolina,” never seemed to satisfy, and would be met with a look of skepticism, polite smile, and tilt of the head, as if indicating a joke I did not feel a part of. “No, but where are you from? What are you?”
In this exhibit, I explore the “whitening” effects that assimilation into American culture requests of non-white Americans. I present the consequences of cultural erasure and create a multi sensory experience for the viewer through audio and video site specific installation. Through sound collage, projected video installations, and experimental painting I create a space that mimics the confusion and tension of liminality, a space that is neither native nor foreign, a space that is home to many but that neither nation will claim.
Names to Faces:
The Wake Forest University Department of Art and Art History
KC Chan and Patricia Lim
United States of America