Malta Biennale Application
1. Uncertain Certainty
Installation/Exhibition at the opium den located in the basement of the historical Chinese Herb Shop in Truckee, CA
Used Chair; 41" x 28" x 25"; 2020
Soot on paper; 41" x 30"; 2020
Soot on paper, glass jars, soil, metal, wood; 25" x 13" x 5.5"; 2022
Soil sample from the site, glass jar, red candle, old opium bottle, found broken china pieces, used cabinet, speakers; 36" x 23.5" x 14"; 2022 (Sound is created by Reiko Yamada)
Soot on paper, glass jars, clay, wood; 92” x 36” x 5.5”; 2022
This installation/exhibition was held at the actual historical site in order to expose the place and its hidden history to the audience. After railroad construction completed in Boca, CA, Chinese people live in Truckee, CA. According to Guy Coates, former research historian for the Truckee Donner Historical Society, "it appears to be the only survivor of Chinatown’s third major fire of suspicious origin, which broke out on June 17, 1886."
8. Resonance (Truckee River)
Soil from 5 locations around Reno, NV, silver ores, old Chinese coins, found Chinese medicine bottle, found broken china pieces, found old nails, candle, resin, glass jars, motors, copper pipe, silk, speakers
(Sound composed by Reiko Yamada)
This installation is based on Asian histories in the Reno Area that have almost been forgotten. It uncovers the history and memory associated with Asian immigrants who were involved with railroad work and mining. I gathered soil, objects, and stories from places where these histories are associated to use for this installation. Each column in the installation represents a historical site around Reno. The numbers on the columns are coordinates where I collected soil. The hidden jar contains soil and objects that suggest the history of the location. The 1st column contains silver ore and old Chinese coins; the 2nd one, a broken piece of a Chinese medicine bottle; the 3rd, old nails; the 4th, old China pieces and a red candle; the 5th, a finger bone. The copper pipe by the ceiling and the white fabric from it are in the shape of the Truckee River, and the columns are placed corresponding to actual geographical locations in relation to the river.