Patty Chang

Patty ChangArtist’s Statement

I am an artist/educator who uses performance, video, installation and narrative forms when considering identity, gender, transnationalism, colonial legacies, the environment, large-scale infrastructural projects and impacted subjectivities.

I use autobiography and autofiction to connect shifts in scale between the intimate and the global. I want my work to help think about how certain pressures are put upon certain bodies, to be aware of how we relate to the world and how our perceptions are shaped.

I think about identities and bodies, shifting and otherwise. In particular, my work has often focused on Chinese American female experiences, immigrant experiences, transnational experiences and the space of intimacy through performance. When I was young, I wanted to use performance as a confrontation- to force a visibility of what is in front of you but not always acknowledged, the hypervisible and the invisible. Now I use it less as a confrontation, but still sometimes want to remind you about what you are looking at. I use the body to hold things together, to do so many things sometimes all at once, sometimes one at a time. When the body steps aside, what is it making space for?

Currently I’m working on a collaboration with an eco-feminist writer and a wildlife pathologist who does necropsies on porpoises. What can necropsies can tell us about death, endings, and climate change? How can my experience working with performance -intimacy, ritual, affective engagement- translate into ways of thinking through ocean health, scientist health and broader public engagements?


1994 Bachelor of Arts, University of California, San Diego

2022 We Are All Mothers, Macalline Art Center, Beijing, China BANK, Shanghai, China
Learning Endings Shoreline Walkshop (performance), Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
2021 Milk Debt, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY
Artists’ Film International – Patty Chang, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX
2020 Milk Debt, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA
Patty Chang, Que Sera Sera, Friend Indeed Gallery and Cushion Works, San Francisco, CA
2019 Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake 2009-2017, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2018 Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France
2017 Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake 2009-2017, Queens Museum, New York
(Re)Configurations, BANK, Shanghai, China
2014 Flotsam Jetsam, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2013 Currents, YYZ Gallery, Images Festival, Toronto, Canada
2012 Route 3, MAAP, Brisbane, Australia
2011 Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany
Minor, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France
2010 Shangri-La, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
2009 The Product Love, Mary Boone Gallery, New York
2008 Touch Would, Arrow Factory, Beijing
Flotsam Jetsam, collaboration with David Kelley, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France
Patty Chang, Bowdoin Museum of Art, Brunswick ME
2007 Flotsam Jetsam, collaboration with David Kelley, Franco Soffiantino Arte Contemporanea, Turino, Italy
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
2006 Shangri-La, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
2005 Shangri-La, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
2004 Chez Les Grecs, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA
2003 Beauty Room 02, Miss China, Project Space, Paris, France
2002 Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France
Le Studio, Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
2001 Fri-Art Centre d’Art Contemporain Kunsthalle, Fribourg, Switzerland
2000 Ven conmigo, nada contigo. Fuente. Melones. Afeitada. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Let Down and Release, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
1999 Patty Chang, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York
Basel 30, Statements, 1999, Basel, Switzerland
Patty Chang, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles  

2023 Hard Return, Neuberger Museum, NY (upcoming)
2022 Currents: Women Artists from the KMA Collection, Knoxville Museum of Art, TN
Mother, Mason Exhibitions, George Mason University of Fine Arts, VA
With Her Voice, Penetrate Earth’s Floor, Eli Klein gallery, New York, NY
What is left unspoken, love, High Museum, Atlanta, GA
The Printer’s Proof: Artist and Printer Collaborations, Albuquerque Museum, NM
Patty Chang and Jiab Prachakul at Frieze No.9 Cork Street, Friends Indeed Frieze Art Fair, London, UK
We Are Family, New York Academy of Art, New York
Weltenwanderer, Hoffmann Collection in the Städtische Museen Zittau, Saxony, Germany
2021 The Way We Eat, The Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Wonderland, Epoch Gallery, LA / online, CA
Toward A New Materialism, Experimental Media Performance Lab(xMPL), UCI, Irvine, CA
Plural Possibilities & the Female Body, Henry Art Gallery University of Washington, Seattle, WA
My Body, My Rules, Perez Museum, Miami, FL
Plural Possibilities & the Female Body, Henry Art Gallery University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2020 Play and Loop II, Blindspot Gallery, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
AND NOW. The Second Decade of the White Rabbit Collection, White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney,  Australia
A Hypothetical Show for a Closed Museum, MWoods Museum, Beijing, China
2019 Forget Sorrow Grass, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, China
Women Take the Floor, Museum of Fine Art, Boston
Starke Stücke – Feminismen und Geographien, Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, Germany
2018 Wall Space, curated by Claudia La Rocco, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
Lived Worlds, Art021, Shanghai, China
Mother, Leslie Tonkonow Gallery, New York, NY
2017 Venice Meeting Point 2017- An Ocean Archive, Arsenale Navy Officer Club, Venice, Italy
The Intersectional Self, The 8th Floor/The Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection, New York
Now is the Summer of Our Discontent, BANK, Shanghai, China
2016 11th Shanghai Biennial, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
Invisible Adversaries, CCS Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY
2015 Live Art, M+ Museum, Hong Kong
Dump! Multispecies Making and Unmaking, Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark
2014 Onto Objects, Museum of Fine Art, Boston
2013 The 2013 deCordova Bienniel, deCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
2012 the kids are all right: an exhibition, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
2011 Lost In Translation, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
2010 Los Angeles World Airport Public Video Art Project, Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, CA (commission)
Documentary Fortnight, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2009 100 years, a draft of a history of actions, events, situations, happenings, and performances, P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY
2008 New Directors/New Films Festival, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2007 Family Pictures, Guggenheim Museum, New York
Elsewhere, Contemporary Art Museum, University of So. Florida, Tampa, FL
2006 One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now, The Asia Society, New York
Still Points of the Turning World, Site Santa Fe Biennial, Santa Fe, NM
Into Me/Out of Me, P.S.1, Long Island City, NY
2005 Shangri-La, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
2003 Black Belt, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY
2002 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
Moving Pictures, Guggenheim Museum, NY
2001 Casino 2001, SMAK, Gent, Belgium
2000 Cross Female, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany 
Soma, Soma, Soma, The Sculpture Center, New York 

2022 The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Art & the Environment Art Commission, Hong Kong
2021 The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Art & the Environment Research Grant, Hong Kong
2020 Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists, Long Island City, NY
United States Artists Fellowship, Chicago, IL
2019 Art Matters Grant, New York, NY
2018 Grant, Anonymous Was a Woman, New York, NY
Dunhuang Foundation Artist-In-Residence Program
Hong Kong University Visiting Artist Programme
2017 Artist Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston, MA
2015 Residency Ucross Foundation, Alpert Award, Ucross, Wyoming
2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, New York
2013 Darling Foundry International Residency, Darling Foundry, Montreal, Canada
Headlands Center for the Arts Residency, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
2012 Creative Capital Foundation Grant, Creative Capital, New York
NYFA Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts., New York
2010 Los Angeles World Airport Public Video Art Project, Tom Bradley International Terminal, Los  Angeles International Airport, DCA, Los Angeles, CA
Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, Asian Cultural Council, New York
2008 Hugo Boss Prize (shortlist), Guggenheim Museum, New York
Guna S. Mundheim Fellow in the Visual Arts, American Academy in Berlin, Germany
James D. Phelan Art Award in Film, Video and Digital Media, San Francisco, CA
Audience Development Grant, Tribeca Film Institute, New York, NY
2006 International Residency Program, Centre des Récollets, Paris
Technical Assistance Award, Media Arts Fellowship, New York
2005 Lambent Fellowship in the Arts, Tides Foundation, New York
2004 Pennies From Heaven, New York
2003 Three M Project Commission, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago      
The Media Arts Fellowship, The Rockefeller Foundation, New York
2002 Cité Internationale des Arts Residency Program, in association with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Paris
2000 Residency, CAMAC: Centre D’Arte Residency Program, Marnay-sur-Seine, France
Studio Residency Program, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, World Trade Centers, New York
Louis P. Comfort Tiffany Award, The Louis P. Comfort Tiffany Foundation, New York
1999 Franklin Furnace Fund Grant, The Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, New York
NYFA Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts., New York
1997 The Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, New York