Episode 1: Gaye Chan

(un)making

Episode 1: Gaye Chan

By Weston Teruya January 20, 2017

Weston Teruya welcomes artists, arts administrators, and cultural workers of color to get real about their lives, practices, and careers. Each episode is an in-depth look into how art gets made, but more importantly how these folks are seeing to the system of art’s (UN)making.


In our first episode, we talk to artist, administrator, and activist Gaye Chan about Eating In Public, free stores, combating the irrational fear of the stranger, and communities of shared knowledge. You can follow her work at gayechan.com and Eating in Public at nomoola.com. Hawai’i J20 is at hawaii-j20.com. And you can support the University of Hawai’i Art Department at www.hawaii.edu/art/giving/.

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Gaye Chan is a conceptual artist who is recognized equally for her solo and collaborative activities that take place on the web, in publications, streets as well as galleries. Since 2003, Chan has co-facilitated Eating in Public, an anti-capitalism project nudging a little space outside of the commodity system through open source, autonomous systems of exchange. Her recent gallery work often ruminates on how cartography and photography simultaneously offer and occlude information. She was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States in 1969. She received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute and is currently a professor and the Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawai'i.

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