LEAVINGS/BELONGINGS at the Pao Arts Center May 23 to August 23
Yu-Wen Wu 2018-2019 Artist in Residence

LEAVINGS/BELONGINGS (installation view at the Pao Arts Center, Boston MA)

Video Stills from Lines Severed 2018, 7:52’ HD video

Yu-Wen Wu was the 2018-2019 Artist in Residence at the Pao Arts Center (Boston Neighborhood Chinese Centers). This new center is of particular significance because it is built on a remaining site where hundreds of Syrian and Asian immigrant homes were demolished in the 1960’s to build a state highway.

Over her artist residency period, over 150 community members have participated in the Leavings/Belongings project. Participants created symbolic cloth-wrapped bundles while sharing stories about their own and their family’s immigration journeys. These bundles represent what is left behind and what may be carried in migration – survival, hope and dreams. Collected throughout Wu's residency, this exhibition at Pao includes photographs of many of the participants, and two site specific sculptural installation of the bundles. One installation rests 5’ high in the corner, the other creates a 25’ path recalling lines of exodus, lines of waiting, lines of hope to a better future. Lines Severed, a 7:52’ video is the first chapter of a series of migration stories. Through the act of making together, participants share their narratives of migration, generating dialogue that bridge across experience, generations, and ethnicity.

In 'Leavings/Belongings,' Artist Yu-Wen Wu Explores Women's Stories of Displacement
Wbur; the ARTery; Pamela Reynolds