Mazar Installations (2021)


Uyghur Mazars are a place of flux, ever-changing in the desert landscape - a site of sacredness and pilgrimage yet also, more recently, a mere attraction and site of tourism. For a place I have never experienced, it's ingrained in my family, my ancestry, my ancestral geography. Out of an inexplicable pull, I have assembled two personal Mazars - they act as therapeutic confrontations to internal insecurities.

The Fox Mazar

Installation.

Found branches, latex, jute twine, red string, cotton string, unfired buff clay, air-dry terracotta clay, acrylic.

Lay out teeth to help the fox snarl and speak.

Lay out shed skin to help the fox's discomfort.

Lay out an offering of companionship.

Lay out tails to make the fox feel whole again.

Lay out bandages over the fox's wounds.

The Mazar for Language

Installation.

Found branches, latex, jute twine, cotton string, unfired buff clay, air-dry terracotta clay, plaster, salt dough, acrylic.

A narrative dedicated to the struggle with the mother tongue.