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Yumi Janairo Roth

Yumi Janairo Roth was born in Eugene, OR and grew up in Chicago, Metro Manila, Philippines and suburban Washington DC. She currently lives and works in Boulder, Colorado where she is a professor of sculpture and post studio practice at the University of Colorado. Roth has created a diverse body of work that explores ideas of immigration, hybridity, and displacement through discrete objects and site-responsive installations, solo projects as well as collaborations. In her projects, objects function as both natives and interlopers to their environments, simultaneously recognizable and unfamiliar to their users. She received a BA in anthropology from Tufts University, a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston and an MFA from the State University of New York-New Paltz. Roth has exhibited and participated in artist-in-residencies nationally and internationally, including Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Smack Mellon, and Cuchifritos in New York City; Diverse Works and  Lawndale Art Center in Houston; Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver; Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, Maine; Walker Art Center and the Soap Factory in Minneapolis; Consolidated Works in Seattle, Vargas and Ayala Museums in Metro Manila, Philippines; and Frankfurter Kunstverein in Frankfurt; Galerie Klatovy Klenová and Institute of Art and Design-Pilsen in the Czech Republic among others.

photo of a photograph of the back of a woman showing a map drawn on hand to another person

Meta Mapa (Czech Republic)

Meta Mapa (Czech Republic), 2007
Lightjet print, 36" x 26"

While working in Pilsen, we asked residents of the city to draw maps on our hands that detailed the routes to various points of interest in the city. For example, one hand-drawn map depicted the route from a coffee house to the cathedral in the city center. Another illustrated the route from the technical university to a shopping mall. We then photographed and converted those informal and highly specific maps into folded paper maps that resembled a typical tourist map of the city. Finally, with new maps in hand, we returned to the city where we asked passers-by to help orient us.

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