Stephanie Mei Huang

Region: MFA Annual


Within the first six years of my life, I moved from Wisconsin to Indiana, then to Yokohama, Japan and Shanghai, China. From this diasporic upbringing, my work finds its roots in the role that cultural fragmentation and displacement play in changing perceptions of nationhood and loss. Through research and practice, I aim to erode the violent mythologies that perpetuate exceptionalist and settler colonial narratives in the hopes of excavating forgotten and partial histories. I yearn to locate sites of emergence from which we can perhaps fabulate adjacent histories. As a Chinese American artist, I challenge and create a dialogue with the gendered and racialized constructs that codify my body and identity as “harmless” and “non-threatening” within the hegemonic West. I am interested in how my presence has the capacity to disarrange systems of prediction based upon otherness and threat. I see slippery, chameleonic identity as a form of infiltration—a soft power reversal within hard architectures of power. I explore these subjects through a diverse range of media and strategies, including film/video, installation, social interventions, sculpture, writing, and painting.