Through the activation of public spaces around the world, Candy Chang creates work that examines the dynamics between society and the psyche, the threshold between isolation and community, and the role of the commons in mental health. Trained as an urban planner, she channeled her emotional questions into her work after struggling with grief and depression. Her participatory public art project Before I Die reimagines our relationship with death and with one another in the public realm, and has been created in over 3,000 cities worldwide. Her work has been exhibited in the Venice Architecture Biennale, Tate Modern, and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
Year(s) Awarded: 2017