Neither Here Nor There explores the journey of making tangible the lifelong process of finding “home”. Retracing footsteps that were supposed to be, but never were, familiar. The artist seeks to answer what home means to them: location, memory, space, place, culture, archive, understanding... Encompassing multiple works and mediums, it creates a visual journey of the artists’ self-realisation and real-life experience with "home". Traversing the terrain of trying, and failing, to find home their whole life, this body of work specifically focuses on the wandering of the past year. Being based in Baltimore thinking about "home" while being physically separated, being forced to "return home" to Singapore due to Covid-19, and then eventually coming back, appreciating that "home" will forever be a fluid space. This body of work includes immersive video installations, a mixed-media photo book, large scale diptych prints and writing.
Neither Here Nor There represents the complex and meandering path to understanding and navigating "home", and the forever feeling of being in-between.
Gianna Chun is a photo-based artist from Hong Kong and Singapore, based in Baltimore with a BFA in photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), 2021. She spent the majority of her life growing up in Beijing, China, and the amalgamation of different cultures has led her to address the question “What is Home?”.Using photography, immersive installations and interactive art-community making, Gianna addresses the complexity and nuances of identity. Exploring the sense of belonging, relationships, intimacy, growth and change, they focus on the LGBTQ+ community and existing in an in-between third-culture space.
Gianna’s work has been exhibited at Art Depot 798 in Beijing, China, ObjectIfs in Singapore, as well as the Meyerhoff Gallery, Decker Library and Main 0 Gallery at MICA. Her first solo show featuring Q&A opened in October 2020 in the Pinkard Gallery (due to Covid-19, it was moved to an online platform). Her work was also featured in Straits Times and was the recipient of the Jan Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship '21.