It all started WHEN...
In 2012, Suzanne Nguyen found a racist stamp underneath a chair that said "European Labour Only.” She dug deeper and realised that this happened because historically, "Australians" didn't want anything to do with the Chinese immigrants.
At the time, Suzanne was exploring her identity: was she Australian, was she Asian, or was she both? Throughout the course of her journey, she realised that racism was deeply embedded in the fabric of Australian society. This led her to think about the concepts of whiteness and structural racism, and how racism is not limited to obvious displays or organisations like the KKK, but instead is a daily lived experience for minorities everywhere.
Since then, she realised that the conversation about race is a two-way one, and that chairs can be representations of people themselves. As a creative she wished to explore open and creative ways of engaging conversation about race and race relationships.
The Two Chairs came about as a direct need to explore theseconversations on race and racism in Australia.