I sent a package to all the Kwans in Vancouver (there’s 300 of them). In a letter written in both Chinese and English I asked each Kwan to consider the question “Is there a place you’d like to go, but have never been?”, write their response on a postcard I included (postage paid) and send the postcard back to me. Of the 300, I received 51 responses, ranging from brief (“Africa”) to poetic (“I have never been to Egypt where pyramids line the skyline and dust roams the pathways.”).
I often think of this work as the start of something important for me: it was the first time I started to think about work outside the gallery, and as something that shifts and changes with the viewer. It was also my first participatory project.
Here’s 2 of the responses I received.