The Vanishing Half
Curated by Katie Lee
Mentor Curator: Jayme McLellan
Opening Reception: Friday, December 3rd, 7pm – 9pm
Closing Reception/Artist Talk: Sunday, January 9th, 5pm
Artists: Victoria Jang, Yon Mi Kim, Yuqi Wang, Jiawei Zhao
The Vanishing Half presents photographs and sculptures by four Asian-American artists, Victoria Jang, Yon Mi Kim, Yuqi Wang, and Jiawei Zhao, as they each explore the complexities and multitudes of identity. This group exhibition features four personal responses, one from each participating artist, as they reflect on facets of their identity that are influenced by lived experiences.
The artists included in this exhibition explore how external factors, such as societal structures and beliefs, interpersonal relationships, and corporate influence, can impact the shaping of identity. Throughout the exhibition are implied questions such as: How do we perceive ourselves, and how do others perceive us? Which elements of our external interactions become internalized? How do these perceptions and interactions, in turn, shape our sense of self? The works presented attempt to address these questions, while also highlighting the aspects of our selves that become muted and shelved and exploring notions of societal intersubjective relations and internal reflection.
There is a nexus between ethnic identity, class identity, geographic identity, and national identity that connects this very personal experience of forming and reflecting one’s identity, into a larger, shared experience. In presenting the inner workings of four artists’ lived experiences and highlighting the specific facets of their identities that are impacted, the works included in The Vanishing Half challenge viewers to relate and empathize with the singular experiences of each artist, and allow the receding parts of each artists’ identities to come to the forefront in a defiant reclamation of space.
Jiawei Zhao, “Looks Like a Balanced Space”, 2020