by Yehui Zhao
Memory chest juxtaposes stories from three generations of women. It recollects and reconstructs a past that centers on womanhood and daughtership while exploring how personal truth connects to history. The artist used visuals that have a connection with the past in revealing the narratives, such as drawings, cyanotype, stop motion animation and archives. Memory chest explores themes such as hunger, poverty, colonization, revolution, gender and family relations through personal storytelling and nonlinear recollections.
Yehui Zhao (she, her, they) is a multidisciplinary artist in filmmaking, painting and animation. Her work explores womanhood, identity diaspora and feminist experiences through a juxtaposition of archives, cyanotype, drawings, live action and typography. She is currently working on a hybrid documentary about womanhood, memory and non-recorded history. She has made short documentaries for a People’s Forum event, Decolonizing Wealth, and a Community Board 12 meeting with local residents.