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Geary Art Crawl

This Coast Was New



JULY 2022

Installation in the place where a river once flowed: Among the many types of societal violence, the renaming of places stands out for its infringement of memory and substitution of meaning. Let us imagine a history where we were taught these rivers' names, names not marked by brass letters on the sidewalk.
Presented at the Geary Art Crawl, a two day outdoor celebration of art and culture.

This is a story about migration, import food stores, and the many ways that places we love can hurt us. How does a diaspora begin evaluating what has been lost, how to conjure it up, and how to say goodbye? In the process of healing from displacement, nothing is ever fully familiar and power structures enforce ongoing loss over time. What solutions can one accept?

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