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courtesy of Virginia Grise

ABOUT THE GRANT

ABOUT THE PROJECT

On October 24, 1871, twenty Chinese men were tortured and hanged in downtown Los Angeles. This mass lynching—the largest in U.S. history—took place on Calle de los Negros, named for its original inhabitants: dark-skinned Californios of African, indigenous and Spanish blood. This coincidence of space insists that the American story—of migration and displacement—is a palimpsest; a parchment written on, erased, then written on again with the traces of the old words ghosting underneath the new. rasgos asiaticos aims to re-present a history of Chinese settlement in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands that’s been (imperfectly) erased. A multimedia performance installation inside a series of shipping containers, rasgos asiaticos includes music, letters, poems, photographs, a stack of old records and a series of instructions and maps on how to find home in a place that is unfamiliar and at times hostile.


ARTISTIC TEAM

Virginia Grise