Jan 11 2018
Lien Truong at Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, TX, USA: February 3 – April 22, 2018
Lien Truong will be showing work in in(di)visible, an exhibition featuring artists who use their experiences to bring visibility and add nuance to the cultural understanding of Asians in America. The show is organized by Houston’s Station Museum of Contemporary Art.
in(di)visible examines immigration, the residual effects of war, and the implications of assimilation, integration, and invisibility for Asian Americans. From the intergenerational trauma of war and the impossibility of articulating what is lost between generations to the legacy of federal policies such as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the first law implemented to prevent a specific ethnic group from immigrating to the United States, and Executive Order 9066 in 1942, which authorized the forced relocation and incarceration of between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese descent, 62 percent of which were United States citizens.
Reinforced through systematic subjugation and discrimination, the myth of the ‘model minority’ obscures the lived experiences of people perceived as Asian in America and is often used as a wedge between them and other marginalized groups. A pervasive disconnect exists between Hollywood depictions of Asian people in America and the breadth and variety of the people inhabiting those realities. Within the American mass media directed cultural narrative, accurate or comprehensive depictions of daily life are almost never platformed while the oppression of Asian American people as a political entity is rarely highlighted outside of the context of comedy.