Niki Chan Wylie, Words by Stephen Dark @ UMOCA (Feb 3 - March 18)





Sarina Ehrgott

20 S West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101 
Photograph of Gabe, by Niki Chan Wylie
Only God Can Judge Me 
Salt Lake City, UT - Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) is proud to present the exhibition Only God Can Judge Me by Niki Chan Wylie, with words by Stephen Dark, to be exhibited in the Projects Gallery.
If the homeless are invisible, homeless youth are doubly so. They are our teenage sons and daughters who sleep on the street or on friends' couches, vulnerable to predators with only other homeless kids to turn to. How can we support them in their journey if we don't even see them as they wander out streets?
Photographer Niki Chan Wylie and Writer Stephen Dark want us to see homeless youth for who they are and for how they see themselves: As human beings who ask for nothing but the recognition of their right to strive for happiness, health, a home, and laughter. They all agree on one thing: A statement tattooed under the chin of one of Chan's five subjects, Gabe, and the name she has given her portraits, Only God Can Judge Me.
About the Artist 
Niki Chan Wylie is an editorial and documentary photographer specializing in portraiture, travel, and food lifestyle. She graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Political Science and a B.S. in Environmental Studies. Stemming from her education, she developed an interest photographing underrepresented populations and has completed projects for nonprofit groups such as the Utah Refugee Coalition and the Inclusion Center. Her work has been featured in Le Monde's M Magazine, UTNE Reader, BuzzFeed News, Park City Magazine, Salt Lake City Weekly, Devour Utah, and more. She is currently based in Salt Lake City, Utah, but loves to travel. For more information, visit her website at [email protected] .
About the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) has advanced and elevated the community of contemporary arts and culture since it was established in 1931. UMOCA is a fearless voice for innovation, experimentation and dialogue surrounding the topics of our time. Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, UMOCA invites curiosity and promotes understanding of the challenging concepts that art and its reflective social commentary can present. UMOCA is a force for social transformation that unites all points of view, backgrounds, experience, and ages through pertinent art exhibitions and educational programming. UMOCA evokes change, challenges ideologies, celebrates triumph, and introduces an array of contemporary voices with in the Museum and throughout the community.
UMOCA is a five-time recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation and a 2015 and 2016 recipient of the Art Works Grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
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