Two-sides of a Narrative, 2022
Medium: paper, staples. Dimensions: 11”x8.5”x2”
This is a newspaper with Chinese on the front and English on the other, both of which tell the story of the same shooting. On March 16, 2021, a shooting occurred in Atlanta, Georgia. The gunman shot and killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women. When the Asian community sounded the alarm for the tension of Asian hate crimes, a police spokesman described the shooter as having had a "very bad day." These two texts tell two very different stories, depending on the perspective of the reader.
The wall on the back of the newspaper is a pattern created by the staple gun's rhythm of six-staple strikes per eight beats per measure, followed by a one-minute break. The sound of stapling repeated over and over again, each time shortening the interval of the break in sequence until the space was filled with banging sounds. This piece represents the rhythm of the pace that we have become accustomed to, which has caused many of us to become numb to the important messages that lie within.