The Words Are Not What You Meant

Jiayi Chen, Digital Video, 13 min, Sound, US, 2017


A stranger’s quest in Chicago, particularly Chinatown, for a sense of being in an uncertain time. It derives from experiences of translation and transportation, negotiations with foreignness and intimacy, and attempts to physically and emotionally inhabit a place.

Jiayi Chen is an artist born in Chongqing, China, and is currently based in Chicago, IL. She works in film, video, installation and photography. She is interested in language, instructions and correspondence, exploring them in her works and also living with them.