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Kristi Lin, 'Borrowed Scenery'

  • WHEN Ongoing from now until May 31, 2021[days & times]
  • WHERE Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego, 2215 Pan American Rd. E, San Diego
    Map | Website
  • AGES Not available
  • COST Free - $12

*Note: extended through May 31.

Kristi Lin's "Borrowed Scenery" is part of the AjA Project's Civil Liberties fellowship, and is on view at the Japanese Friendship Garden. It features site-specific sculpture made from textiles and wire, and draws inspiration from civil liberties violations in the Japanese-American incarceration camps during WWII, as well as Lin's upbringing.

Artist Discussion: Feb. 20
Join Kristi Lin in an artist discussion Saturday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. View the Facebook event here for registration details.

Catch all three Civil Liberties fellows for a Virtual Walkthrough on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.

About the artist:
Kristi Lin is an artist and landscape designer whose deep love of the natural world and concern for social justice issues inspires her to create environments that invite us to stop and notice our place in the world. Through Borrowed Scenery, she explores her relationship to the Japanese Friendship Garden as a 4th generation Japanese American and 3rd generation Chinese American. 借景 Shakkei (Japanese) and jièjǐng (Chinese) both translate to "borrowed scenery," an ancient Asian garden design technique where a distant view, such as a faraway mountain, is incorporated into the composition of the garden. Taking a contemporary perspective, Kristi situates the Japanese Friendship Garden as borrowed scenery, distant yet woven into the landscape of her multicultural identity.

Through incorporating wind, sound, time, decay, and other natural phenomena into her artwork, Kristi Lin explores innovative ways to build public memory and inspire social change. Kristi earned her Bachelors in Landscape Architecture from University of California Davis and currently designs landscapes throughout San Diego.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

Promotional graphic for Kristi Lin's "Borrowed Scenery" e...

Above: Promotional graphic for Kristi Lin's "Borrowed Scenery" exhibition, courtesy of The AjA Project and the Japanese Friendship Garden. Photo by Beto Soto.


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