Mapping Fragments: History of Blue and White Porcelain is a new large-scale installation that weaves together a media art technique of blue and white porcelain with the historical context of immigration, tracing the unseen paths of immigrants and their immigration stories. The installation’s vast scenery of real and imagined landscapes is constructed from small blue and white porcelain fragments displayed in multiple long display cases that are arranged within the whole space of the exhibition venue. For this project, porcelain pieces referencing U.S. museum collections of this type of ceramic are overlaid and digitally transferred by images of plants that were brought to the U.S. through the Transatlantic Slave Trade – a forced migration that’s considered the first system of globalization. The selected plants to represent migration are based on oral interviews with Caribbean senior immigrants in the US.
Image by Bundith Phunsombatlert