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 to Shanghai, China. Through this diasporic upbringing, my work finds its roots in globalization and the role of cultural fragmentation and displacement in changing perceptions of nationhood, loss, and identity. Through research and practice, I aim to erode the mythologies that perpetuate exceptionalist narratives, in the hopes of excavating erased histories. I yearn to locate sites of emergence from which we can perhaps fabulate adjacent histories.

As a Chinese American artist, I dialogue with and challenge the affective racialized, gendered constructions that codify my body and identity “harmless” within the hegemonic West. I am interested in how my presence has the capacity to disarrange systems of prediction based on otherness and threat. I see slippery, chameleonic identity as a form of infiltration: a soft 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.