24 VIEWS is a longitudinal drawing series that investigates the history of racial classification through US Census data. The drawings visualize demographic information on race, ethnicity, immigration, and citizenship from 1790 to 2020, and will continue so long as I am willing and able. 24 VIEWS problematizes race-based language by examining the evolution of federal race and ethnicity standards as an archive of structural racism.
Each drawing starts via data compilation from the Census Bureau Archive. The racial terms used in these documents reflect their context and should be viewed critically as historical actors. Race data is then calculated by percentage and translated into a pie chart with the sky holding at a constant 50% to establish the horizon line and the indifference of the cosmos under an infinite magnitude of time. The data is rendered through an ocean shoreline in reference to human displacement, movement, and constant states of political and tangible change, paralleled by shifts in linguistic usage. Each drawing is then titled by a year and a verb that reflects a major historical event from that decade.
24 VIEWS, so named for the number of counts conducted thus far, is a living and expansive social project that destabilizes the purported objectivity of race data, yet acknowledges its political influence on self-identification and historical reckoning. Through this project, I would also like to imagine the possibility of one’s body as unmarked and no longer conditional on whiteness.
To read more about the impetus behind the project, please see REMARKS.
Prior to COVID-19 related interruptions, 24 VIEWS was envisioned as an exhibition with public facing activations. With health and safety concerns in mind, in-person programming is currently on hold in pursuit of a curatorial, web-based approach. Please see OPPORTUNITIES for more information.
24 VIEWS was exhibited at Spring Valley Public Library (LVCCLD) from October - December 2020. 24 VIEWS will next be on display at Left of Center Gallery in North Las Vegas May - July 2021.
24 VIEWS, Principal Investigator
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Art
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Tiffany Lin is a visual artist and educator whose work examines how power is expressed in the subtext of American vernacular. Through a multidisciplinary practice that spans drawing and performance, she demonstrates how language is deployed tactically to conceal white hegemony under a framework of neutrality while non-white bodies are marked as conditional. Lin synthesizes historical texts with visual explorations to manifest projects that destabilize America’s obsession with “colorblind” upward mobility through capital gain. By manipulating language and public data, she reveals how desire and belonging are informed by neoliberal practices that reify colonial legacies and state power. How is desire articulated within state bureaucracy against the lush backdrop of commercialism? In what manner are bodies valued or devalued in the undertow of profit-driven enterprise? Utilizing both creative and sociological methods, she combines participatory action, interviews, and social theory to support her claim that desire and belonging are mediated by external politics.
She has exhibited with the Brooklyn Public Library, Knockdown Center, Museum of Impact, Rockefeller Center, and Wassaic Project (NY); Asian Arts Initiative and Little Berlin (PA); Halcyon Arts Lab (DC); Holland Project, Clark County Library District, Marjorie Barrick Museum (NV) with a forthcoming exhibition at Left of Center Gallery in North Las Vegas.
Lin holds a MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Illustration Practice and a BA in Gender & Women's Studies and Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Photo by Jeff Barnett-Winsby / Wassaic Project
JEAN MARIE MUNSON24 VIEWS, Curriculum Team
WRIN Program Manager & Part Time Instructor
Women's Research Institute of Nevada & Department of Art
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jean Munson is founder of local comics company Plot Twist Publishing. She is an alum of UNLV in 2009 and has spent the last decade after graduating in activism, art, and teaching. Her primary role on campus is being the Women's Research Institute of Nevada's (WRIN) Program Manager running the National Education for Women's Leadership Nevada Program that was piloted from Rutgers. She is passionate about being a resource and supporter of all levels of leadership in student activism. Other projects she's pioneered are: Comics and Zines Festival Las Vegas (Co-ZI LV) and Bruha Baddies: A Pinay Podcast. When she's not at WRIN event planning and programming, she is teaching part time beginning illustration and design in the UNLV Art Department.
24 VIEWS was first imagined and produced on unceded Ohlone (San Francisco Bay Area) and Lenape (Wassaic, NY; New York City, NY) territory. 24 VIEWS continues to be realized in Las Vegas, NV which sits on the unceded land of the Southern Paiutes, descendants of the Tudinu, or Desert People.
Artwork documentation by Mikayla Whitmore.
24 VIEWS is supported by University of Nevada, Las Vegas’s Department of Art and is funded in part by the Forgotten Song Foundation Research Award and a grant from Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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