New Haven, CT, USA
Born in Taipei and currently on MFA track in photography at Yale, Annie is a Canadian documentary artist committed to intimate narrative photo projects and expanding a visual discourse. Select clients include The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine, GEO Magazine, Courrier International, The New Yorker, Fader Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, and South China Morning Post.
Her photography has been featured in publications such as Frieze Magazine, PDN Photo Annual, American Photography, Magenta Flash Forward, Tunica Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Internazionale, Die Zeit, Stuttgarter Zeitung, Epsilon Magazine, Fast Company, Iceland Review, Acts of Witness, among others. She has lectured at Columbia University, CUNY Brooklyn College, International Center of Photography, Ryerson University School of Image Arts, Asian American Writers' Workshop, and has appeared on Al Jazeera America, Sino Vision, China Daily, "Where I'm From" CUNY Graduate School of Journalism's pilot radio show, and National Public Radio / RÚV Iceland.
Most recently, The National Museum of Iceland held a solo exhibition of her series "Independent Mothers", now part of the museum's permanent collection. Annie's debut solo exhibition “A Floating Population” in New York City at Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) featured over eighty images spanning four years of work. Her projects have traveled widely to exhibitions in South Korea (Gwanju Biennale), Germany (Lumix Photo Festival), Finland (NYPH Awards), Hungary (Budapest Photo Festival), Brazil (The Smell of Dust Tour), Iceland (National Museum, Listhus, Mjólkurbúðin Gallery), Canada (Magenta Flash Forward Festival), and throughout the USA.
2017 - American Photography (AP 32), USA, 2014 - Listhus Skammdegi AIR Award, Iceland, 2013 - New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, USA, 2012 - Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism, Germany, 2011 - Magenta Flash Forward, Canada, 2011 - PDN Photo Annual, USA, 2009 - ICP Director’s Fellowship, USA
Each year, the population of roughly 300,000 inhabitants in Iceland triples with tourists arriving from around the globe seeking breathtaking vistas and itineraries packed with otherworldly tours of lava-fields, glaciers, and waterfalls. This year, an unprecedented seven hundred asylum seekers are expected to arrive in the island nation just south of the Arctic Circle, doubling last year’s count.
The majority end up in Iceland after their intended destination to the United States, Canada, or the UK is denied. A few sheltered in hostels among tourists and the rest isolated, asylum seekers predominately from the Balkans and the Middle East wait months before few are granted residency.
How do asylum seekers experience Iceland in limbo? How do resettled refugees adapt and make a home here? Is this paradise or is this purgatory?