Featuring stories culled from current events, Kwong’s narrative work confronts society’s deliberate ignorance by combining idealized representations of communities with tragic, often brutal, realities. “I want people to come away with something that gets under their skin—something that will get them thinking,” says Kwong. “Things are happening in our society that are unacceptable. The big problem is that they keep on happening.” The exhibition and publication marked a significant opportunity for Kwong, who is represented in Lannan’s collection.
The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University received support for a publication in conjunction with a mid-career survey of San Francisco based painter and printmaker Evri Kwong, on view September 27-December 13, 2008.