As a Chinese American artist, I dialogue with and challenge the affective racialized, gendered constructions that codify my body and identity as “harmless” and “non-threatening” within the hegemonic West. I am interested in how my presence has the capacity to disarrange systems of prediction based upon otherness and threat. I see slippery, chameleonic identity as a form of infiltration: a soft power 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.
stephanie mei huang is a Los Angeles-based interdisciplinary artist. She uses a diverse range of media and strategies including film/video, installation, social interventions, sculpture, writing, and painting. Through research and practice, she aims to erode the violent mythologies that perpetuate expansionist and exceptionalist narratives, in the hopes of excavating forgotten, erased, and partial histories. She yearns to locate sites of emergence from which we can perhaps fabulate new and adjacent histories. She recently completed her MFA in Art at the California Institute of the Arts (2020), and she received her BA from Scripps College (2016). She is a contributor to the Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles. She has taught at non-profits such as the Marfa Studio of Arts and Venice Arts. She most recently exhibited at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the New Wight Biennial at the University of California, Cerritos Gallery, the Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe, and Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland. She will have solo exhibitions with 4th Ward Project Space, Chicago and Hauser & Wirth Book and Printed Matter Lab, Los Angeles in the coming year. She has been supported by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, The Getty Foundation, the California Community Foundation, among others.