Think!Chinatown Community Art Space @ 384 Broadway, NYC
June 6 – 23, 2018
Opening reception: Wed June 6 at 6 – 9 PM
Hours: [Tues – Fri] 6:30 – 8:30pm [Sat & Sun] 2 – 6pm
Where Are You Really From? follows artist James Chan’s journey through his own geneology research, as he learns more about his paternal family history. Beyond his grandparents, Chan never knew how he was related to family members he had met throughout his life. Family reunions were a foreign concept to him and the nearest relatives were thousands of miles way.
Using secondhand accounts, historical research, photos and unreliable personal memories, Chan takes the winding path to document his family’s history before it is lost forever. Along the way, he confronts key moments of reflection on personal identity and relationships. The discoveries, family stories, musings, and challenges encountered during the project are presented in a series of illustrations and paintings.
About the Artist
James Chan received a BFA in Kinetic Imaging from Virginia Commonwealth University. He plans to continue working on the Where Are You Really From? project to learn more about his family and the history of overseas Chinese.
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