Retracing Coolie Geography &
Performing Collective Memory
In 2007, I retraced the geography of nineteenth-century Chinese coolie labor in Peru. En route I resurrected memories from cemeteries, guano mines on the Chincha Islands, coastal sugar and rice plantations, and railroads that led into the Andes, until I arrived by canoe to El Chino in the Amazonian Rainforest, where no Chinese live.
The project was also published as a multimedia magazine with post at MoMA.
Museum of Modern Art, Library; Poets House, Archive; The Center for Book Arts; Museum of Chinese in America, Archive; Biblioteca Nacional de Colombia, Library; Stanford University Library
Editing, concept and camera by Beatrice Glow with the support of Colectivo Zoom and Vasco Pimentel
Music: Pauchi Sasaki; “Bajo el Sol Loretano”, film score used by the first filmmaker in the Amazons, Antonio Wong Rengifo; Tibetan Chant.
The museographic Installation traveled to La Galería Enlace-Arte Contemporáneo, Lima, PE, La Pontifica Universidad Católica del Perú, Centro Cultural El Eje, Bogotá, CO and Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia in 2009.