I first came across Gaye Chan when I was researching what kind and caliber of work was coming out of Hawaii in the photography programs at the University of Hawaii system.
Chan’s photography mixes aspects of archival practice with fine art. By juxtaposing images and overlapping physical and psychological narratives, she subverts expectations of what is happening in an image and why.
This work addresses ownership of meaning and of de/constructed experiences. Race, gender, and class are all easy points of entry for discussion regarding her work.
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