OHMA EXHIBITS: a collection of interactive oral history encounters

Collaging Asian/American: A Curatorial Experiment with Oral History and Archives (2023)

By Solby Lim

This exhibit is a curatorial, archival, and oral historical experiment in creating images of
Asian American history from a student perspective. Here, collaging is an art practice that
engages together the oral histories and archived materials of Asian American student life at
Barnard College and Columbia University during the 1980s-90s.

What does Asian American mean? What can Asian American oral history and art be? This live exhibit experience invited visitors to collage as an artistic practice of exploring oral and archived histories of Asian American student life at Barnard/Columbia. Visitors were invited to create their own assemblages of interview transcripts, art work, newspaper clippings, and more, all focused around discovering what Asian American looks like and can be. 

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