March 14, 2018 by: Dom
Millie Chen: Four Recollections is a new installation conceived during Professor Chen’s artist-in-residence at CU Boulder between September 11 and October 12, 2017. It will remain on view until July 21, 2018.
Millie Chen seems to acknowledge the fallibility of memory in “egg MUSEUM.” She gives the objects new lives, highlighting what connects them — painful stories of displacement — rather than focusing on what makes them personal or unique. Debord writes that “it is the historical moment that contains us.” But Chen suggests that maybe history doesn’t contain us — maybe we contain history. Spectacle can be destructive, but the shared act of looking, and looking back, can also build community and empathy.