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Institute for the Humanities pres.

Hometown Hero (Chink): An American Interior

Exhibition by Valery Jung Estabrook

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Hometown Hero (Chink)
Hometown Hero (Chink) is an installation consisting of three parts: a single channel video, a custom upholstered recliner, and a fabric-covered room furnished with other upholstered items. By utilizing chenille upholstery fabric for the treatment of the entire space the installation seeks to inform the viewer's sense of touch while subverting the expectation of comfort. The video, playing on the television monitor, attempts to deconstruct and reconcile the dual identities of Asian American and Southern American. Meanwhile a large recliner, a “lazy boy” with looming imagery of the Confederate flag, dominates the space. It sits facing the television, acting as a physical stand-in for the casual racism inherent in the desire to return to an idealized fictional version of America: the wish to “Make America Great Again.” The resulting work is a window into the tensions of being a perpetual foreigner in one’s own hometown.
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