The portfolio We are Here continues Nam’s printed explorations of cultural identity, interdependence, and displacement. The portfolio includes two diptychs that layer Chinese and American cultural symbols and that explore visually how the two “superpowers” are intimately connected and intertwined via the world’s financial systems despite their profound cultural differences.
We are Here II features an image of Times Square in New York City overlaid by an etching in red of a combined Chinese and American flag marked with the words “made in money.” At the center is a dancing couple silhouetted in gold leaf. These figures are the artist and his printer, Mark Patsfall, and represent the delicate collaborative dance between artist and printer as well as that between cultures.
Lithograph and etching printed in black and red with gold leaf on Somerset paper
Purchased with the gift of Wan Kyun Rha Kim, class of 1960, and Andrew Byong Soo Kim
ID Number: SC 2011:61-2