The work records a special object from each immigrant. During the interview, the artist invited the participant to bring a special object with them, which was related to his/her experience. Through these items, they were associated with the indelible brand and memory of being a stranger. Afterwards, the form of the object was created on paper through cyanotype technology. The process of cyanotype requires time exposure and the flushing of running water to reveal the image. Likewise, the process of migration, while extremely difficult life trajectory of the accumulation of time, experienced drifting rivers and oceans. The harvest of cyanotype is produced by the projection of sunlight through a transparent or opaque object; the transparent blue as an ethereal ghost, vivid as a memory, but skimming over the surface.
Han Qin, Something I Take With Me Series， 2019. Cyanotype on paper, 21.5 x 30.9 inches ©Han Qin