Posted on May 16, 2013
On Wednesday, May 15, 2013, War Baby / Love Child artist Mequitta Ahuja, who is featured on the book cover and exhibition promotional material, spoke about her practice as a painter and her strategy of “Automythography” (see her work at: www.automythography.com) at the DePaul University Art Museum.
CAN TV filmed the event and will air the entire lecture in the next few weeks. Stay tuned. In the meantime, check out Mequitta Ahuja and co-curator Laura Kina’s interview about the show and Mequitta’s work on Vocalo radio (90.7FM).
Posted on January 18, 2013
Albert Chong (b. 1958)
Portrait of the Artist as a Victim of Colonial Mentality, 1979/2010, 2010
Photo transfer on marble tiles
48 x 48 in.
Courtesy of the artist
I don’t think you can say anything meaningful with abstraction, period. There’s no way of doing the narrative; it needs representation to communicate — Albert Chong
Albert Chong’s grandfathers were Chinese and his grandmothers were Black Jamaican, and he was raised in Jamaica until he moved to New York at age nineteen. His 1979 photo, Portrait of the Artist as a Victim of Colonial Mentality, was staged with symbols of colonial oppression, and re-imagined in 2010 transferred onto marble tiles, perhaps symbolizing a solidity of presence often denied to the Black Chinese of Chong’s parents’ generation in Jamaica.