YBCA presents an exclusive weekend screening of Rea Tajiri’s experimental documentary LORDVILLE (2014) as part of the exhibition AFTER LIFE (we survive), currently on view online and outside the YBCA buildings. Watch Tajiri’s documentary and a new conversation between the artist and AFTER LIFE curator Thea Quiray Tagle exclusively on YBCA.org from December 11-13, 2020.
In LORDVILLE, Tajiri goes home to the town 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.
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.