Karen Lue (Or, When I Die I Want To Die Peacefully)

Date(s) - 05/05/2022 - 08/06/2022
12:00 am

Silver Eye Center For Photography


In this exhibition, Chinese-American artist Karen Lue uses her photographs to grief, loss, isolation and displacement.

After the passing of Karen Lue’s paternal grandmother, her father and his siblings gathered in his Zhejiang Province hometown in April 2018 to settle their parents’ estate. With property values skyrocketing in China, their main goal was to sell her grandparents’ apartment, which still contained most of their belongings.

In an attempt to process through her grandmother’s death, her relationship with her father and her family history, Lue wanted to record the apartment and its contents before her family no longer owned it. The result relays how the apartment looked in its final days and document the artist and her family before and after visiting her grandparents’ tomb.

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