Patty Chang (born February 3, 1972, in San Francisco, California) is an American film director and performance artist. She was described as "one of our most consistently exciting young artists" by The New York Times in 2006. Originally trained as a painter, she is primarily known for her short films and videos and her performance art. She often plays a central role in her own work (to the point that a New York Times critic once described it as "hair-raisingly narcissistic"), which is often seen as testing the acceptable boundaries of taste and endurance. Some of her work contains scatological elements (such as Gong Li With The Wind, a short film), and others critique perceptions of female sexual roles (For Paradise, also a short film). She has staged solo shows in major cities such as Madrid, Visby, Sweden, and New York City (where she now lives and works).