The war never ended it just went underground


Screen print on rice bags, rice


This installation uses the words of Chinese revolutionary poet Lu Xun ("Fierce-browed I cooly defy a thousand fingers/Head-bowed like a willing ox I serve the children") to activate the history of class war in South of Market, the site of major community resistance to urban renewal and gentrification. Facing the street, the original characters reach out to the area's Chinese-speaking population, who might be seniors living in hard-won low-income housing or newly-arrived tech workers unaware of this history. With their dual statements of defiance and care, the bags of rice offer to sustain the struggle a bit longer.