Thu June 8th Open 12—6 PM
Presented by YBCA | November 9, 2020–January 24, 2021
b. 1958, Chicago, IL
Lives and works in Philadelphia, PA
Documentary film. 1 hour 7 min.
Courtesy the artist
Filmmaker Rea Tajiri goes home to Lordville in her 2014 experimental documentary of the same name. In this tiny hamlet in upstate New York, rivers suddenly change course, and the elements take back homes, gardens, and other human-built places. Throughout, Tajiri is a patient witness to Lordville’s beleaguered residents, who persist despite the hostility of the landscape. The film documents Tajiri’s own complicated relationship to being a homeowner on land stolen from the Lenape people, along other stories of conflicts over property, impermanence, and haunting. The film will be streamed on special occasions over the course of the exhibition.
LORDVILLE will be available to view on YBCA.org from December 11, 2020 6pm PST – December 13, 2020 11:59pm PST
Rea Tajiri is a filmmaker and visual artist who earned her BFA and MFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts in post-studio art. Her groundbreaking, award-winning film, digital video and installation work has been supported by numerous grants, fellowships, and artistic residencies, and has been exhibited widely in museums, on television, and in international film festivals. Poetic, subtly layered and politically engaged, Tajiri’s work advances the exploration of forgotten histories, multi-generational memory, landscape, and the Japanese American experience.