21st-23rd March 2019 || QUT Garden's Point

Image Credit: Dave Kan

Image Credit: Dave Kan

Image Credit: Dave Kan

Image Credit: Dave Kan

Where Are You From? by Brisbane artist Shelley Cheng is an interactive art installation that explores the violence of racism, specifically in microaggressions and positive stereotyping experienced by East Asians.

Audiences sat at yum cha tables to share and partake in fortune cookies which contained much more than a proverb.

The artist says use of the fortune cookie carries a heavier meaning: “despite not being a Chinese invention, they have been imposed on Chinese people as something quintessential Chinese”.

“The racism and microaggressions we experience are what we inherit from inhabiting racialised bodies. That’s our fortune,” 



My art doesn’t exist to educate white people: the meaning and purpose of Where are you from? by Shelley Cheng (Artist)

Program Presenter:


This project was is as a part of Brisbane City Council's Temporary Art Program 2019, produced by Metro Arts and people+artist+place. 

Executive Producers: 

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Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Environment and Science. Metro Arts is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council. 


Project Supporter:                          Official Photographer for TAP 2019: