Joanna Tam project Let’s Story drew on stories from children and their families, as well as museum staff using objects from the Museum’s collection. Tam is a Boston-based visual artist whose interdisciplinary practice examines the development of ethnic and national identities, experiences of displacement and the relationship between objects and storytelling. Her photography, video, performances, installation and drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. In addition, Tam is dedicated Educator having taught classes in Time-Based Media at Massachusetts College of Art & Design where she is also the Brant Gallery Coordinator.
Let’s Story was a participatory storytelling and story-sharing platform that will utilize objects from Boston Children’s Museum collection to inspire the sharing of narratives and imagination. After selecting and photographing various objects from the collection Tam designated open-ended prompts for each one, while on-site she will use these prompts to collect stories from children, their families and Museum staff. These stories were paired with original animations in the final installation, where visitors were able to engage in their own storytelling experiences using Tam’s image-based prompts. This project was an exciting exploration of object-based learning and storytelling from the lens of a contemporary artist and directed towards acknowledging and celebrating the voice of every Boston Children’s Museum visitor.
Rene Dongo’s film about CURRENT Artist-in-Residence Joanna Tam’s process!
Learn more about Rene and his work here: http://renedongo.com/
Let's Story with Joanna Tam
Joanna Tam is an interdisciplinary artist working with photography, video and participation to examine ethnic and national identities, experiences of displacement and storytelling. Joanna Tam was the CURRENT Artist-in-Residence December 2016-March 2017. Her exhibition Let's story is a participating storytelling and story-sharing platform that utilized objects from Boston Children's Museum collection to inspire the sharing of narratives and imagination.
Video Produced and Edited by: Rene Dongo
Additional Footage by: Lionel Blaise Jr
CURRENT Artist-in-Residence Joanna Tam Interview on Coloring Coorain!
Artist-in-Residence Joanna Tam was interviewed on the web series Coloring Coorain! Listen in as she speaks directly to kids (and adults) about being an artist and “Let’s Story”, her exhibition at Boston Children’s Museum.
Coloring Coorain is video and performance project produced by the artist Coorain Devin. They’ve interviewed many artists about identity, art and more! Learn more about their work here: http://cargocollective.com/coorain/Coloring-Coorain
Photo Album: Let’s Story: Facebook
Ask Joanna - How do you make all that cool art? How do you tell stories? Why do birds fly?
Description: Joanna Tam is a is an interdisciplinary artist working with photography, video and participation to examine ethnic and national identities, experiences of displacement and storytelling. Joanna Tam was the CURRENT Artist-in-Residence December 2016-March 2017. Her exhibition Let's story is a participating storytelling and story-sharing platform that utilized objects from Boston Children's Museum collection to inspire the sharing of narratives and imagination. Since the exhibit opened visitors have been invited to leave a question for Joanna, here are a few of her answers!
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