Audrey Chan

Audrey ChanArtist’s Statement

Within my multidisciplinary project-based practice, I regard political and cultural identity as a site in which to play. One of my tenets as an artist is to come to terms with commonly held truths in society and shape projects that serve as tools of critical and philosophical engagement with history and current events. My strategy originates in the feminist maxim “the personal is political,” and is translated into wordplay, didactic modes of address, and image/text as vehicles of social critique.

Recent projects have included: a public text installation about the poetic language used to describe the deportation of sans papiers in France, a consultation session with a Marxist legal philosopher to discuss the promiscuous boundaries of art and law, and an animation that uses tropes of language instruction to unpack the hidden narratives of L.A.’s Chinatown.

My investment in establishing radical continuity among generations of feminist artists has led to organizing symposia, embodying Judy Chicago’s Chinese-American doppelganger, and co-creating a re-performance of Leslie Labowitz-Starus’ Myths of Rape (1977) with artist Elana Mann. Since 2005, our collaboration as Chan & Mann has aimed to liberate, motivate, and gyrate through feminist and ethnic role-play within live, painted, and animated realities.



Select Solo Exhibitions from 2009-2013

3 Solo Projects: Audrey Chan, Elana Mann, and Chan & Mann, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California

Chann & Mhann: A Historical Retrospective, 2005-2012, collaboration with Elana Mann, Elephant Art Space, Los Angeles, California

Éloignement c’est l’éloignement, Palissades #2: Audrey Chan, Parvis d’Onyx, St-Herblain/Atlantis, France
Notes Toward an Exhibition, Galerie de l’École Régionale des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France

Select Group Exhibitions from 2009-2013

(de)Constructing Chinatown, Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles, California

On Tap Invitational, Bowmont Art Collection at the Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, California
By and For: Democracy and Art, Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, California

CRW – contemporary reflections on war, BKS Garage, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark

Select Community-based Artwork

Myths of Rape (2012), performance by Audrey Chan and Elana Mann, a reinterpretation of Leslie Labowitz-Starus’ Myths of Rape (1977), part of Suzanne Lacy’s Three Weeks in May (1977), Getty Pacific Standard Time Performance Festival, Los Angeles, California
Shares & Stakeholders: The Feminist Art Project Day of Panels at the 100th Annual College Art Association Conference, co-organized with Elana Mann, MOCA, Los Angeles, California

From Chicago to Chicago: How I Became a Feminist Artist Despite Never Having Witnessed the 1970s, lecture performance, Still Doin’ It: Fanning the Flames of the Woman’s Building, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California
Walk of Cunts (Study After Judy Chicago), performance, Road Concert on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

Fellowships and Awards

ARC grant, Center for Cultural Innovation

Artist residency, l’École Régionale des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France


M.F.A., 2007
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California

B.A. with Honors, 2004
Swarthmore College