Being Homeless

Project Medium: Video

New York City is a city made up of both prosperity and poverty. The homeless who sleep on the sidewalks of the city are hard to ignore. Their alienation from society and the emotional turmoil felt by those who have just arrived in the city from foreign countries, despite the differences in material life, have a similar relationship. This project will show the author as a homeless person in various famous spots in NYC (Soho, Nolita, Astoria, and Times Square). Experiencing homelessness as a young Asian female: being ignored, noticed, given a sidelong glance, or even encouraged, builds empathy and a desire to meet the needs of the least of us who live in this city.
Chia-Hsuan Chou
Artist Email: chouc018@newschool.edu

Chia-Hsuan Chou is a recent New York City transplant from Taipei, Taiwan. Her works include photography, experimental short film, video recording and interactive design. Most of her inspiration comes from her observations of the city and the behavior of its people. She has a B.A. in Commercial Design from Taiwan and is currently in graduate school in NY pursuing a master of fine art. Focusing on design and technology, she believes that innovation and creativity should be based on observation through experiencing social and environmental problems.