A Blanket for Tanya

Augmented Reality by Nhung Walsh and Peter Williams
(Sculpture: A Reading Place by Madeline Weiner)

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This work comprises war-reported images of blankets wrapped around rescued Ukrainian children during the first month of the Russian Ukraine war (Feb 24-March 24, 2022). Blankets are icons of protection, warmth, and comfort. By bringing the blankets from the rescued children of war-torn Ukraine to the site of A Reading Place by Madeline Wiener, we hope to symbolically bring the children who are killed, injured, and suffering from this unjust war to a place of love and protection, where children belong.
*Tanya is the name of a 6-year-old girl, who was found dead from dehydration in Mariupol in March 2022.

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Nhung Walsh
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Peter Williams
Nhung Walsh is a curator and cultural producer specializing in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. She has ten years of experience in curating and consulting for museums and creative projects between the US and Asia. Walsh holds master's degrees in International Studies from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (2007), History from The University of Alabama (2011), and Art Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2015). Walsh is the founder of the Nối Projects (2012-present), a pioneering initiative based in Vietnam that connects artists, historians, and scientists to develop multidisciplinary projects on Vietnam and Asian arts. She has participated in and juried many international projects, including the Hon Cau Stone Pavilion (2020), Thailand Biennale (2018), Siggraph Asia (Tokyo 2020, Bangkok 2017, Kobe 2015), and ongoing projects that explore intangible heritage and contemporary art in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

Peter Williams is a hybrid media artist originally from Canada. Specializing in generative and interactive art, he makes tactically unstable works that meet, avert and translate the gaze. Media are elastic and chimerical, more and more resembling us. Through his art, Williams struggles with this ever-deepening recursion. He is Associate Professor of New Media Art at California State University Sacramento.

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