Fall 2018 Dresher Center Graduate Student Research Fellow
Chinen Aimi Bouillon, M.F.A Candidate, Intermedia + Digital Arts Graduate Program
Project: Finding Ryukyu
For my thesis project, I aim to capture the hidden histories of local plant life, memorials, and landscapes in what are sometimes called somaesthetic structures, or affective environments that shape and perpetuate human behavior. Through images of the Okinawan environment, I seek to discover indigenous Ryukyuan concepts used in maintaining healthy family, community, and societal relations with nature. I will be mining the symbolic capacity of documentary photography to represent known and unknown schematic narratives of Ryukyuan histories.
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