May 21st 2022

The Chinese American Museum of Chicago (CAMOC) is excited to announce the second exhibition of the Spotlight Series, featuring artist Nicole Leung. Please join us on Saturday, May 21, from 3:00-6:00pm CT for the opening reception. Leung’s site-specific piece “Untitled (Nicole Leung is too American to be Chinese and too Chinese to be American)” will be on view. This exhibition will run from May 21 through July 2.

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The Spotlight Series is a new initiative to showcase recent and past work by emerging and mid-career artists of Chinese descent locally. Curated by Larry Lee (Molar Productions), the project aims to introduce, promote and celebrate the divergent artistic visions and experiences of being Chinese in America looking at and reflecting upon our relationship to contemporary visual culture to a wider audience within our community and Chicago.

About the artist:
Nicole Leung is an artist born in Queens, New York, currently based in Chicago, Illinois. A recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in Fine Arts, their work reroutes spatial and interrelational dynamic, considering the roles and circumstances we have come to believe are inherent to life itself.

Nicole explores notions of inclusion and exclusion in their experience of diaspora as a second-generation Chinese-American through the manipulation of the museum space itself, intentionally obstructing the audience’s ability to enter the gallery space and (experience the text within it) to mimic a sense of displacement in fully identifying with, and belonging to, a single culture. This projection of self-assessment is intended to prompt said audience to reconsider their relationship with Chinese heritage in Chicago and throughout the United States, as one that is too often overlooked, overgeneralized, and pushed to the peripherals of our visions.

I bet you can tell just by looking at the back of my head.

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