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Yu-Wen Wu is the 2018-2019 Artist in Residence at the Pao Arts Center (Boston Neighborhood Chinese Centers). During her year long residency, Wu continues work on Leavings/Belongings, a collaborative project that focuses on the unique hardships endured by women and children in the current global migration crises. Working with immigrant and refugee organization, through the act of making these symbolic bundles together, participants share their immigration stories. The sessions generate storytelling about theirs and their family’s immigration journeys — bridging across experiences, generations, and ethnicity. Throughout the project, Wu records these narratives, photographing the participants and their bundles. At the Pao Arts Center, this will culminate in an installation of photographs, video and stories.

Photos from some sessions with organizations in New England.