For the past seven years, Lin + Lam (Lin plus Lam) has produced interdisciplinary projects that examine the ramifications of the past on the current socio-political moment. They have made work that has looked at immigration, sites of residual trauma, nationalism and national identity, historical memory, and the problems of translation. They will discuss their work, collaborative process and critical strategies.
H. Lan Thao Lam received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts, and was an Assistant Professor at Middle State Tennessee University and faculty of Goddard College, MFA program.
Currently faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Lana Lin holds an MFA from Bard College and has taught at the City College of New York and Massachusetts College of Art.
48 min. video, 2006
directed by Lin + Lam (Lin plus Lam)
This video essay looks at the impact of modernization and foreign intervention through different modes of transportation. Shot from the exploratory perspective of a moving car, cyclo, and trains, the video travels through three former colonial Asian cities: Taipei, Shanghai, and Hanoi. The transformation of a road, a bridge, and railways, show
an evolution of different powers.
Five women narrate the interrelated histories of these transforming urban environments in their native languages: Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese, English, Shanghainese, and Vietnamese.
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