“Through a series of large-scale projects that combine installation art with social activism, Chang has encouraged people to engage with public spaces to let their voices be heard.” – O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE
Northeastern’s International Student and Scholar Institute present an evening with Public Artist & TED Senior Fellow Candy Chang, as part of the ISSI Carnevale 2015.
Taiwanese-American artist Candy Chang challenges the conventional perception of public space and the role it can play to help us make sense of our communities and ourselves. Renowned for interactive public installations that provoke civic engagement and emotional introspection, her work has examined issues from criminal justice and the future of vacant buildings to personal aspirations and anxieties. Projects include a fable in an abandoned apartment, a confessional sanctuary in a Las Vegas casino, a vacant high-rise pleading for love, and a public wall for personal aspirations. Her project Before I Die has been recreated in over 500 cities and over 70 countries, including Iraq, China, Haiti, Brazil, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and South Africa.
Her work has been exhibited in the Venice Architecture Biennale, the New Museum, New York; Tate Modern, London; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York. She is a recipient of the TED Senior Fellowship, the Tulane University Urban Innovation Fellowship, the Art Production Fund Artist Residency, the Louisiana Cultural Economy Award, and a Black Rock Arts Foundation grant. She was named one of the Top 100 Leaders in Public Interest Design by Impact Design Hub, a Fast Company Emerging Master of Design, a “Live Your Best Life” Local Hero by Oprah Magazine, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She has been the keynote speaker at events including the Creativity World Forum, American Planning Association National Conference, Pennsylvania Conference for Women, and the Global Health Summit. She received a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Urban Planning from Columbia University. She lives in New Orleans.
Feature Photo by Candy Chang, New Orleans, LA