CHART is honored to present 8 Americans, an exhibition of eight multi-generational Asian American artists, whose work, across various mediums, comments on notions of shared identity and histories.
While the number 8 has a significance in Asian culture as a sign of auspiciousnes, the impetus for choosing that specific number for the exhibition became more urgent following the tragic shooting in Atlanta earlier this year. The 8 here is meant to honor the eight victims of that tragedy in March.
In an effort to continue a conversation initiated by artist Christopher K. Ho and curator Daisy Nam with their anthology of correspondences, Best! Letters from Asian Americans in the arts, CHART has extended the prompts from Ho and Nam’s book to the participating artists in 8 Americans and asked them to both submit letters about their own personal experiences and to invite another person to do the same.
These chain letter-like exchanges will exist on CHART’s website and will be updated on a rolling basis. As a testament to this moment, it is our hope that they will inspire further discussion and openness across generations within the artistic community.