Hings Lim, At Night (Studies of Santa Ana's Chinatown), 2023, Video still
Hings Lim: Specter in the Gate
Feb 3 – May 12, 2024
Grand Central Art Center
Santa Ana, USA

Revisiting the burning of Chinatown in 1906 adjacent to the old Santa Ana City Hall, Specter in the Gate opens a departure to examine the evolution of political, economic, and cultural apparatuses through the invention of perspective machines like cartography, camera, projector, etc. The exhibition bridges the discriminatory historical event with contemporary issues, conjuring architectural histories to life and highlighting the tangible and intangible legacies through objects, photographs, moving images, and real-time projection mapping.

Artist Hings Lim was originally invited to develop an exhibition at the Santa Ana Artist Collective space by that spaces Curator and Director Maurizzio Hector Pineda. At Maurizzio’s untimely passing, and as we considered the curator a dear colleague and friend to our institution, we extended an invitation to Hings to join us as an artist-in-residence to realize their original vision of working together. Hings has been a GCAC artist-in-residence for the past year. We dedicate this exhibition to the spirit and energy of Maurizzio Hector Pineda.

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