Art Councelor Jiahe Lv who came to America since the 80s once said: “Staying in America has somehow undermined the identity of ‘Chinese artists’. The pressure they are facing here is the pressure of living.”
“Native culture is further and further away but we cannot completely cut off the connection. At the same time, western culture dominated by American culture also has many things to criticize. Chinese artists in The United States are facing double anxiety.” said by Lianjie Zhengi, one of the earliest avant-garde artists in China.
We want to build an international community that belongs to the Chinese young artists in America. We aspire to provide an equal and earnest communication platform for the artists who have been valued by the art world in neither China nor America, so that the artists can have their own voice and make a visible impact. We would also seek / provide opportunities for the artists that are under financial pressure. We hope to offer a place of belonging to the Chinese expat artists in America.
The four parts constituting our programs are Pioneer Salon, Artists Present, Tea Party and Dialogue Column for artists. Eventually, we will host in-person meetings and local exhibitions for more interactions and cooperation. In this fashion, we aim to tackle the neglected aspects of many existing organizations and offer a quality platform to represent, expand and connect the Chinese expat artists in America in multiple formats.
In the end, we hope for a stronger alliance among our community and more support and understanding from the society. We believe that in such an unprecedented time, Chinese artists are the unique voices to challenge the hegemonizing discourses of aesthetics and ideologies, and CAAN will continue to voice their valuable discussion of love and differences.