Letter to Dujo


Mixed media

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Letter to Dujo is a participatory installation where the viewer can sit between two music stands to read, watch, and listen.

Dujo is my deceased grandmother's unofficial name that only my mother remembers. A letter on one music stand is Dujo's letter written to her daughter when she was studying abroad in the 1980s. It was written horizontally on a letter paper in a vertical direction, misusing the colonial residue. Following this manner, the letter was translated into English on a music paper. In the video on the other music stand, Dujo’s granddaughter recites the letter, which is soon translated into string ensemble sound.

Through this installation, I imagine reinventing the way of inheriting memory.

Letter to Dujo was shown in public in a part of No Longer Transparent in Gelman Gallery, Providence RI from November 4 to December 11.

No Longer Transparent, Gelman Gallery, Providence RI (2022)

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1 minute excerpt from Letter to Dujo (2022)