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Yu-Wen Wu Leavings/Belongings

Yu-Wen Wu is a Boston-based interdisciplinary artist. Born in Taipei, Wu came to the United States at the age of seven. Her work is informed by this bicultural upbringing—the eastern and western influences in life and art.

Wu’s current work explores the issues of Displacement, Assimilation and Individual and National Identity. Through video, installation, drawing and sculpture she challenges our impressions of accuracy and storytelling. Compositing imagery, she draws together the natural world and social movement, on both a personal and global scale. She approached her own experiences of immigration and other culturally specific happenings by presenting them as a series of inevitable occurrences. 

She is the recipient of numerous awards, exhibiting museums and galleries nationally and internationally, and in many public and private collections.

While in residency at the BCNC’s Pao Arts Center, Wu will continue her work on Leavings/Belongings.  Inspired by the tradition of storytelling while making, the project engages women from various immigrant and refugee communities in the making of symbolic “bundles.”  Through the act of making together, participants can share stories as they wish and share their bundles with each other and the artist.  These anomalously shaped cloth wrapped bundles may represent what is left behind, and what may be carried in migration – survival, hope, dreams.  Throughout the project, these bundles will be exhibited collectively in public spaces to generate conversation, dialogue, and bridges across experiences, generations, and ethnicity.

Contact: Cynthia Woo

About the Artist-In-Residence Program

Neighborhood engagement is the focus of the Pao Arts Center’s residency program. One artist per year is selected to work with the center on a dynamic project that stimulates community dialogue in public spaces within and beyond the Center’s walls through artistic practice. The selected artist receives financial support, project resources, and office space at the Pao Arts Center. 

Contact: Cynthia Woo