Dorcas Tang 邓佳颖: Los Paisanos del Puerto
Portraits of the Chinese diaspora community in Puntarenas, Costa Rica
On VIew: November 10, 2023 - March 9, 2024
The word paisano refers to countryman, a term of endearment used between the Chinese community in Costa Rica to refer to one another, and el Puerto refers to the port town of Puntarenas. Los Paisanos del Puerto (2018 – ongoing) focuses on the living narratives of the Chinese diaspora in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. The exhibition presents a kaleidoscopic view of the community through portraits, vernacular photo albums, archival images from the state, and oral interviews. Los Paisanos explores a forgotten intersection of Chinese and Latine identities while seeking to question and redefine our definitions of both.
About Dorcas Tang 邓佳颖
Dorcas Tang 邓佳颖 (she/they) is a third-generation Chinese-Malaysian photographer and artist working, thinking, and playing on unceded Gadigal land. She is interested in the crucial intersections of photography, history, and archival silences. As a daughter of the Chinese diaspora, at the core of her practice is caring for her communities while grappling with the intrinsic violence of the camera and archival practices. Her audiovisual projects include Los Paisanos del Puerto, examining the Chinese diaspora of Costa Rica; Love Me Long Time, exploring desire, intimacy, and Asian identity; and Staging Portraits, which looks at queer kinship through facilitating community photo sessions at The Bearded Tit. Ultimately, she seeks to encourage critical dialogue through creating socially engaged visual narratives.