Dear Whites, ink on paper, 10 x 14 inches, November 2018
My grandmother had a yellow watering can, 10 x 14 inches, October 2018
Somewhere, lines of a poem are being writ-, ink on paper, 10 x 28 inches, October 2018
I sat for so long, I forgot…, 10 x 14 inches, October 2018
Inkjet print, 24” x 16”
“:” is a series of diptychs where images on either side offer an understanding of the other. “Colon”, a word which alludes to colonization, bares with its Chinese characters: 冒 號, the meaning of “risk”. non-, on the other hand, consists of series of images accompanied by short narratives. To appear less “foreign” to whites, Chinese merchants hired architects who have never been to China to build San Francisco’s Chinatown. Seen through filters, both “:” remind viewers that Chinatown is a space that is filtered, an eroticized western projection.
© 2018 by Maari Sugawara