Ling-An Fang creates the first sculptural installation in the Jackman Goldwasser Catwalk Gallery with her solo exhibition, The Whole World Celebrates Together. For the past couple of years, Fang has been creating mixed media installations addressing ideas of belonging and definitions of home in relation to issues of migration and displacement. Using paper, metal and plastic, the artist will make several new sculptures, lanterns and a mural that together raise questions regarding the political, economic and cultural implications of human capital in contemporary China. Two generations removed from her mainland China roots, Ling-An Fang lives with a sense of lost heritage, swimming in the ocean of passing memory, portable traditions, phantasmatic recall, and quiet grief common to all immigrants. Chicago is considered one of America’s crossroads of migratory currents and now the sudden center of American political life. As a current resident of Chicago, Ling-An Fang trains her sights on a specific and contemporary migration narrative – adoption – originating from her personal understanding of moral responsibility in Chinese tradition in The Whole World Celebrates Together.
The Whole World Celebrates Together has been supported by The Ragdale Foundation, CAAP grant from the City of Chicago, The Illinois Arts Council, and Bloomingdale Signs by Tomorrow.
About Ling-An Fang
Ling-An Fang is a Chinese-American artist born in Taipei, Taiwan and now living in Chicago. She received a BFA from Temple University Tyler School of Art (2003) and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2005). Her work has been exhibited in numerous national and international institutions, including Artspace (New Haven, CT), DIVA International Video Art Fair (Miami, FL), City of Nanjing Art Center for Painting and Sculptures (China), CAMAC Centre D’art (France), Media Art Festival at the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (Armenia).