Dreaming To Become Chinese
I’m already a Chinese artist. I have been a Chinese artist before it was fashionable to be a Chinese artist.1 In my 20s — my first Sonnabend show, I was showing wood cast Indonesian concrete mixes, my first exhibition at the Ileana Sonnabend, 420 West Broadway in New York.2 Sometimes, I need to explain to young girls where — what it means, Ileana Sonnabend. I mean, they don’t know anymore, this great gallery. But the first time I’ve been showing there, I had these wood cast concrete mixes done in Indonesia. And my friends were basically Chinese, and they were dreaming to become Chinese just like me. I mean, we were all dreaming to be Chinese.3 But we were 1990, 1991, impossible to become Chinese.