A conversation with Louis Chan, Jesse Chun, and Motohiro Takeda
Tuesday, February 14th | 7 pm
Event is free but seating is limited, first come first served
Suggested Donation $5
In honor of the Lunar New Year, Baxter St at CCNY is pleased to present an evening with lens-based artists Louis Chan, Jesse Chun, and Motohiro Takeda. Moderated by Baxter St at CCNY Director, Libby Pratt, the evening will feature a conversation with the artists and short presentations of their work. The Lunar New Year, falling on January 28th this year, and celebrated througt February 15th, is traditionally a time to honor ancestors and gather with family and food. We invite these three artists to present their work as it relates to the idea of home, three varied constructs of home, and in relation to one’s ancestors or homeland. In the current political climate, these works take even more relevance through both the documentation of immigrants’ lives and homes in New York and the abstractions of home and identity.
Louis Chan is a Chinese American photographer known for his series titled My Home. My Home is an ongoing series that Louis Chan began in 2011 as a way of exploring the Chinese immigrant experience and lifestyle in New York City. These large-scale prints serve as a contemporary marker for Chinese Americans to reflect on the hopes, dreams, and sacrifices made for them by older generations in order for their children to have a chance of a better life in America.
Jessie Chun is a Brooklyn-based artist from Seoul, Hong Kong, New York, and Toronto. Her work explores the codes and constructs of home in an increasingly mobile and globalized world. Chun’s work has been exhibited at select venues in New York (Fridman Gallery, Julie Saul Gallery, the Korean Cultural Center, AIPAD at the Park Ave Armory, the New York Art Book Fair at the MoMA PS1), Seoul (CICA Museum, Incheon International Women Artists Biennale), Hong Kong (the Gallery at the Hong Kong Central Library), Istanbul (Space Debris Art), and Toronto (CONTACT). Guest lectures and artist talks include Parsons the New School for Design (Photo Dept.), the School of Visual Arts (Conference at the MFA Art Criticism & Writing Dept.), Columbia University (East Asian Studies), and New York University (Women’s Social Justice Forum). Select reviews include Artforum, Wall Street Journal, Hyperallergic, Vice, The Korea Times, The South China Morning Post, and Asia Literary Review. Most recently, she was selected as an Artist-in-Residence at the Bruce High Quality Foundation’s BHQFU Studio + Teaching Program, and the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Immigrant Artist Program.
Motohiro Takeda was born in 1982 in Shizuoka, Japan and moved to New York City at the age of 21 where he obtained his BFA from Parsons The New School for Design. His work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at the Houston Center for Photography (Houston, TX), Daniel Cooney Fine Art, the New York Photo Festival (both in NYC), and at venues across Spain. His solo exhibition of River was presented at Mapamundistas 2010 in Pamplona, Spain in 2010. Takeda was the recipient of Tierney Fellowship Grant in 2008 and his work has appeared in PDN Magazine and Conveyor Magazine, among other publications.
The BAXTER ST at CCNY Conversations Series is made possible in part by generous support from public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council