Two Places on Earth Works by Chan Chao

January 29–May 22, 2022
Presented by the AU Museum Project Space

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Chan Chao, Melissa (Country of Origin : Peru), 2006

Chan Chao, Melissa (Country of Origin : Peru), 2006. Archival pigment print, 36.5 x 29 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Chan Chao, Craba (Country of Origin : Slovakia), 2003.

Chan Chao, Craba (Country of Origin : Slovakia), 2003. Archival pigment print, 36.5 x 29 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Chan Chao, Araceli and Friend (Country of Origin : Spain), 2006.

Chan Chao, Araceli and Friend (Country of Origin : Spain), 2006. Archival pigment print, 36.5 x 29 in. Courtesy of the artist.

This portrait series is based on the idea of open societies, interconnection, and the world’s contraction. It features global citizens and is meant to acknowledge how beautiful the concept of an open society can be, but not in a utopian sense. This five-year project consists of multinational UN peacekeepers in Cyprus along with multinational prisoners in Peru,
incarcerated for smuggling cocaine out of Lima. Chao’s intention is to blur all lines that define cultural differences, emphasize each subject’s dignity, and make portraits with restraint and quiet tenor. He presents the subjects as individuals that viewers can relate to.