Nesting Phoenix, 2019.
“Because the sunset, like survival [and memory], exists only on the verge of its own disappearing. To be gorgeous, you must first be seen, but to be seen allows you to be hunted.”
― Ocean Vuong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
This 30 minute performance took place in November 2019 as a part of the Art Practice Undergraduate Thesis Show hosted by the Worth Ryder Art Gallery. What remained from the performance lived in the gallery as an installation piece for the three week run of the show. For video and additional photo documentation, you may visit my artist website, www.angelahien.com
B.A. Art Practice, Comparative Ethnic Studies 2020
| UC Berkeley
Being a daughter of diaspora has informed my concern with intergenerational knowledge. I produce art in a variety of mediums, including performance, installation, photo and video. Some projects may be considered alternative archives, collecting academic, ancestral or embodied knowledge and then recasting narratives. I reject the notion of monolithic hxstory and seek to disrupt Eurocentric knowledge through projects that center silences and invisibilities that are local, global, personal and familial. The complex textures unwound in the work are meant to be invitations to engage the audience with a question of how we might reckon with our species-wide epidemic of violence. For example, interactive installation projects and performances that acknowledge audience members, can be understood as my part of a dialogue. My practices as an artist, community member, educator and learner are grounded in a persistent curiosity about the potential of a collective imagination. Currently, I am based in the California Bay Area / Ohlone Land, and was born and raised in Sacramento / Nisenan Land.