Art Migrating Across Borders | Mechanics' Institute

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Art Migrating Across Borders
with artist Rene Yung

This event is virtual and held via Zoom. Please register for the event and the Zoom credentials will be sent to you.

Join artist Rene Yung on a journey that traverses visual art, civic engagement, writing, history, archaeology, and cultural activism, and weaves together memory and belonging, community and place. In this talk, Yung will describe how her art migrates across borders to uncover the hidden and erased. Join her on the epic multi-platform project “Chinese Whispers” which brings to light overlooked contributions of the Chinese in the American West; share her voyage on a replica 19th century Chinese vessel to retrace the history of Chinese shrimping on San Francisco Bay. Explore “The City Beneath the City”, an interdisciplinary collaboration that repurposed archaeological artifacts to narrate historical anti-Asian violence in San Jose’s first Chinatown; feel the migrant’s epigenetic longing in the “Written on Water” suite. Learn how to participate in the digital anti-memorial “#AskThePandemic”!

Rene Yung is an artist, writer, cultural activist, and designer, whose trans-disiplinary works connect people, place, and history, to articulate the hidden and give form to the overlooked. Founder of Chinese Whispers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving voice to the under-told history of the Chinese in the American West, Yung has collaborated with institutions including the Stanford Archaeology Center; exhibited at international and national venues including TransCulture, part of the 46th Venice Biennial, the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, and San Jose Museum of Art; and completed public art commissions including from the San Francisco Arts Commission. Awards include grants from the California Arts Council, Creative Work Fund, and Humanities California, an Urban Fellowship at the Exploratorium, and residencies including at Headlands Center for the Arts, Montalvo Center for the Arts, and Hedgebrook Writers Residency. A graduate of Stanford University, Yung is a native of Hong Kong now transplanted in San Francisco.


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