Aran Han Sifuentes uses needles and thread to explore the experience of being a first generation immigrant to the US. In this studio visit from Fall 2015, we spoke about politics and religion, “Forms in Japan”, and planning the exhibition “Everything has been Material for Scissors to Shape” (Wing Luke Museum, Seattle), and how her everyday materials and examination of immigrant labor connects to the dry cleaning and seamstress businesses of her Korean immigrant parents. From “A Mend,” a quilt constructed from jean cuffs gathered from Korean tailors in Chicago to her “US Citizenship Test Sampler,” and projects connecting embroidery histories in Seoul, South Korea and Chiapas, Mexico, Aram Han Sifuentes pushes consideration of what it means to be “American” and to pursue the “American Dream.” Visit www.criticalcraftforum.com for images and links.
To learn more about her work, and to participate in her upcoming public projects, visit www.aranhan.com Consider spending time on election day at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, where Aram will be conducting The Official Unofficial Voting Station Performance
In Collaboration with Roberto Sifuentes and Sadie Woods from 6 - 8pm.
In addition to seeing her work in Everything Has Been Material for Scissors to Shape at the Wing Luke Museum of Asian Pacific American Experience, Seattle, WA through April 2017, Aram's work is on view at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum in Chicago, IL through March 2017 in The Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can't, a collaboration with: Lise Haller Baggesen, Roberto Sifuentes (Chicago), Verónica Casado Hernández (Baltimore/DC), Lilah Thompson (Philadelphia), Mara Baldwin (Ithaca), Brandon Bullard (Detroit), Marianne Sadowski (LA), Maritea Daehlin (Chiapas, Mexico), Cecilia Aguilar Castillo and Erick Fernández Saldaña (Mexico City). Soundscapes by DJ Sadie Rock. Her exhibition Threads of Splendor is on view through December 30, 2016 at the Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum, Seoul, South Korea