Exhibition Runs: September 28 – November 3, 2022
Reception + Artist Talks: Saturday, October 15 4:30p – 6:30p
Harwood Art Center is pleased to announce our annual capstone program Bridge: Art & Social Justice (A & SJ), featuring exhibitions by our program Artists In Residence, Min Che & Yoon Jin. They have been working in the A & SJ Residency Studio At Harwood Art Center since March 2022. Their exhibition WE ARE HERE // HERE, WE ARE combines historic symbolism with contemporary interdisciplinary works in an intergenerational conversation at the intersection of race, health/disability, and aging/elder rights.
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 10a – 3p
Reception & Artist Talks
We invite you to join us for an Exhibition Reception at Harwood on Saturday, October 15 from 4:30pm – 6:30pm with artist talks starting at 5:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. Masks are optional and encouraged indoors.
WE ARE HERE // HERE, WE ARE
WE ARE HERE // HERE, WE ARE is a co-led, visual art project by a mother and adult-child pair of artists. The project explores time and space through their relationship to one another, an intergenerational conversation, as one rises and the other wanes on a land far from their homeland. Simultaneously, it’s a critical engagement of the powers that have led to diaspora and questioning of the Asian diaspora’s participation in the American empire on stolen land.
“We record time through lines in the present moment. The main symbolism, a prehistoric pattern used by our ancestors, has stood for motherhood and earth. Each stroke and each line stands for the time lived here and now through the turbulences of life. The circular and round accumulations of the pattern stand for the lack of a beginning and the end. It symbolizes the endlessness of time, and the continuing humanity through generations. The prehistoric patterns bridge time and space, and open us to explore diasporic existence on the stolen homeland of Pueblo of Sandia people. We offer the beauty we hope to share as an expression of gratitude.
“Time holds life and the state of life. In time is the self, and the self lives out life. And life is connected to the body. Physical health, thus, directly impacts how time is spent and the quality of time one lives out. Health is also deeply connected to trauma and intergenerational trauma. We have been deeply affected by the workings of time, and the process of aging. Within our intergenerational dialogue, we reflect on time adjacent to aging which is inevitable to all of us.
“We hope to explore this inevitably intergenerational conversation at the intersection of race, health/disability, and aging/elder rights. And we hope you take away the lessons that come after enduring. ” – Min Che & Yoon Jin
About the Artists
WE ARE HERE // HERE, WE ARE is a co-led, visual art project by a mother and adult-child pair of artists. The project explores time through their relationship to one another. Their shared work is an intergenerational conversation, as one rises and the other wanes.
Min Che is an artist who turned to her art to process her experiences at the intersection of her identities. Her work has been exhibited nationwide.
Yoon Jin is a writer and creator, and also the adult child of Min Che. Their work explores gender and Asian America in the context of neo-liberal imperialism.
“Our practice has evolved into looking and reflecting on our intergenerational relationship. Our work inevitably is a reflection on intergenerational history, trauma, joy, and growth. And ultimately, it is a conversation between the time Min Che lives as an immigrant disabled woman of color and the time Yoon Jin occupies as the next generation.” – Min Che & Yoon Jin
About Harwood’s Residency for Art & Social Justice
Each fall for thirteen years, Harwood’s galleries are devoted to artists working at the intersections of creative expression and social justice. In 2021, for the occasion of Harwood’s 30th Anniversary, we expanded this offering and formally established our first official annual residency program.
We invite New Mexico-based artists whose practice is socially/politically engaged to submit project proposals for our annual Bridge: Residency for Art & Social Justice. Our 2022 Artists in Residence, Min Che & Yoon Jin, received a private artist studio at Harwood Art Center to work in for the duration of their 9 month residency, a six week exhibition in both of our gallery spaces, project, promotional and professional support from our staff, a $1000 artist honorarium to support their time and creative work and a $500 materials stipend to support their project costs.
We are grateful to New Mexico Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, City of Albuquerque, Urban Enhancement Trust Fund and McCune Charitable Foundation for their resourcing of this program.