Fangan Xu is a designer and artist based in New York City. She’s currently working as a multimedia designer at the award-winning design studio Emerson Wajdowicz Studios, which is well-known for its vast international experience working on projects related to social justice, human rights, gender equality, conservation, worldwide health care, photojournalism, and other social, political, and cultural issues. She also teaches studio courses at Pratt Institute, Communications Design, M.F.A. and B.F.A. programs.
Before going to graduate school, she was trained as an electric engineer in the direction of communication engineering. She practiced information technologies,
communication systems, and programming languages. The rigorous scientific and technical training influenced her as a designer and artist.
As an artist, Fangan Xu is interested in digital art, conceptual art and public art. She has been creating participatory public artwork in NYC, such as Silence Booth and Look Back to the Future, as well as an experimental online platform, Promise: Now and Forever.
In the year of the outbreak of COVID19 pandemic, she co-founded non-profit organization N95forNYC/Art in Touch. Upon the outbreak in NYC, N95forNYC responded quickly, sourced and delivered large number of N95 masks, surgical masks, and protective coveralls to the hands of medical workers from 50+ hospitals all over the NYC.
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