Meanz (Mints) Chan, 陳 明 敏, is a Chinese American multimedia artist that has developed striking art through the mediums of photography, illustration and graphic design. She is a creative force in Iowa and her newest work is titled “WOC Iowa”, a compelling and necessary representation of women of color in Iowa.
“WOC Iowa is a passion project I’m working on to showcase, focus and center the gaze on WOC in Iowa. I want to reach out and have an open, honest and deep conversation about cultural identity and to draw parallels from our experiences while understanding the differences. I was pushed to start this series because of my own enlightenment and reeducation about the way I see the world as a WOC. I’ve always felt isolated and othered but lately I’ve been finding other voices through social media that are putting words to my thoughts and it’s been a very emotional and eye opening journey. I started this series so that I could show off the WOC/POC that live in Iowa. I know we are out here, and I want others to feel less isolated. I want to tell our stories – stories that we don’t really talk about a lot because we haven’t felt like we’ve been able to. I want to dig deep and have real, true, honest conversations about cultural identity and whitewashing.”
Follow the hashtag: #wociowa
Are you a WOC with ties to Iowa? Want to be a part of the series? Send Meanz an email!
Meanz shared her goals for the project and for her upcoming work:
- Talk to/photograph 100 WOC for the series in 2019
- Keep working on centering POC/WOC in her work
- Reading/educating herself on Intersectionality
It is essential that white communities share, support and lift up the voices and stories of women and people of color.