BY SHELLEY CHENG
Where are you from? by Brisbane artist Shelley Cheng is an interactive art installation to be hosted at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) as part of its Harmony Day program on 21 March. The installation explores the violence of racism, specifically in microaggressions and positive stereotyping experienced by East Asians.
Audiences will sit at yum cha tables to share and partake in fortune cookies which contain much more than a proverb.
The artist says use of the fortune cookie carries a heavier meaning: “despite not being a Chinese invention, they have been imposed on Chinese people as something quintessential Chinese”.
“The racism and microaggressions we experience are what we inherit from inhabiting racialised bodies. That’s our fortune,” she says.
The installation will be located to QUT Gardens Point on the lawn adjoining the Goodwill Bridge and is available for public viewing from Thursday evening through till Saturday.
QUT Gardens Point, Lawn
(Near entrance to the Goodwill Bridge and Riverstage)
21 March, 4pm – 7pm
22 & 23 March, 10am – 6pm
Artist: Shelley Cheng
Producers: people+artist+place and Metro Arts
Image by Jade Millman