September - December 2016
Identities Unseen: Asian American Visual Narrative at Amherst College, January 2018
What Does Asian Look Like? Art, AAPI Identity and Self-Representation at Smith College, April 2018
I often feel I don’t really have claim to, or belong, completely in any space I occupy. I’m in a weird limbo, as a vagabond of sorts still trying to figure out what home means, as a college student attempting to belong in a community for a temporary time, and as an Asian-American woman generally in the American landscape.
I went in to this project with those feelings in mind, and especially after watching the Watters World segment in Chinatown where the news “personality” from Fox News essentially degraded and grossly stereotyped the (mostly non-English speaking) community members there, I was reminded that we, as Asians, will never completely belong to this space that is America. We will always be seen as “other" in some way, often pushed to the side, left out of the discourse, and forgotten. Rendered invisible.
I wanted to portray these feelings of invisibility I (and presumably many others) felt while at the exact same time, raise visibility of and give power and presence to those people seemingly often forgotten or excluded from the greater narrative of this country.
All the subjects pictured are students from the pioneer valley and the photos were all taken around the Amherst College campus, which can often feel like a very “white" institution.
I am calling the project “In Visibility” , as an obvious play off the words ‘invisibility’ and ‘visibility’ but also to almost mirror the common statement “In Solidarity” as a means of expressing that this is my contribution and offering to the dialogue.