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Andrea Chung | Jamaica, Trinidad

Born in 1978 in Newark, USA, from Jamaican & Trinidadian background
Lives & works between San Diego & Sugarland, USA
Photography, painting, collage

My work examines cultures created under the influence of colonial and post-colonial regimes and their relationship to The Land. I mine foodstuffs, recipes and archival materials such as photographs and tourist publications, in order to reconstruct and create a new series of narratives, which I juxtapose against the stories told by the colony to sell romantic notions about nature and labor.

Through sculpture and painting I use food items and recipes to explore migration patterns, both voluntary and involuntary, and how cultures have been created through the influence of multiple mother cultures and the conditions of The Land. By manipulating photographs and tourism imagery, I investigate how The Land has been sold through picturesque fantasy and fantastic copy.

I ask the viewer to question the “real,” the seen and unseen in order to navigate these conflicting narratives.

Holder of a BFA Illustration from the Parsons School of Design, New York, USA (2000) and of an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of ArtMICA – in Baltimore, USA (2008). She completed her training through other experiences : Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute Summer Abroad Program in Florence, Italy (1999) as well as a workshop at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, USA (2008).

Andrea Chung is artist-in-residency in the following spaces: Taller Portobelo Norte Artist Colony in Panama (2007) ; Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia, USA (2010) ; Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, USA (2012) ; McColl Center for Visual Arts in Charlotte, USA (2013) and in the Helmut Projects in San Diego, USA (2013).

She is recipient of a grant from Skowhegan (2008) and from the US Fullbright to travel to the Maurice Island (2008-2009).

Individual exhibitions by Andrea Chung

Bain de Mer in the Helmut Projects de San Diego, USA (2013) ; and a solo show at the Arlington Art Center, USA (2008).

Collective exhibitions

Corporeal Contours at the Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse University, USA (2013) ; Outward Reach : Seven Jamaican Photographers & New Media Artists at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington DC, USA (2012) ; NURTUREart, Videorover: Season 3 – Program #2 at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans and at the Indie Screen Cine Club in Brooklyn, USA (2012) ; LIFT Project at the Art House in Austin, USA (2012) ; Commercial Break with the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture during the ‘Nuit Blanche Festival’ in Brooklyn and with POST at the 54th Venice Bienniale (2011) ; On the Road at the Arlington Art Center, USA (2011) ; Unveiled at the Craftswoman House in Pasadena, USA (2011) ; The Video Show at the Raritan Vallery Community College in Branchburg, USA (2011) ; COMVIDEO at apexart in New York, USA (2010) ; There is No Looking Glass Here at the Deutsche Bank in New York, USA (2010) ; Ain’t I A Woman ? at the MoCADA in Brooklyn, USA (2010) ; Security at the Root Division in San Francisco, USA (2010) ; Black Artist as Activist at the Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn, USA (2010) ; Liminal Space at The Lay-Up in Brooklyn, USA (2010) ; a very loud silence at Castleberry Hill in Atlanta, USA (2009) ; Without Borders Exhibition – Conjunction at the University of Maine in Orono, USA (2009) ; Visions in New York City at the Columbia University in New York, USA (2009) ; Dodo at the Gallery Flic en Flac in Maurice Island (2009) ; Off Color at the Rush Arts Gallery in New York, USA (2008) ; Archimage at the Gallery Four in Baltimore, USA (2008) ; International Exhibition of Women’s Art at the Soho20/Chelsea Gallery in New York, USA (2007) ; Acting Up/Acting Out: MICA Women Perform at the Fox Gallery in Baltimore, USA (2007) and Imaging Ourselves at the International Museum of Women in San Francisco, USA (2006).

Biennials, fairs

Andrea Chung participates into the art fairs Art Basel in Miami or NEXT :Art Chicago.

In 2012-2013, she is one of the selected artists to exhibit in the 6th National Biennial of Jamaica at the National Gallery of Jamaica. In 2011, she showcases her video works in the section New Media of the trinidad + tobago film festival.

Andrea Chung received several awards : the Maryland Institute College of Art Mt Royal Graduate Scholarship Award (2006) ; the Arlington Art Center offers her a solo show and the apexart COMVIDEO Award (2011). She is also finalist of the Hunting Art Prize en Houston (2010).

Artworks by the artist

Andrea Chung | Securicorp

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Andrea Chung | Untitled

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Andrea Chung | Sweet Agony

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