The exhibition will hold an installation, sculptures, and drawings. It will show Hannan's perception of life, death, and histories that she developed through her experience as a scientist living in Japan. Strange, yet somewhat peaceful, it is about the linkages among people of present and past.
Hannan has seven years of experiences working as a medical professional in Japan. Being a scientist in a country with many superstitions and rituals gave her an unique perspective to understand life and death. Over time, she came to view the world as layers and linkages of human histories.
This show encompasses stories around Japanese cremation urns. Japanese highly respect ancestors' bone ashes because they believe ancestor worship brings them happiness. Even though her scientific background might lead her to doubt these superstitions, she has never questioned her respect for her ancestors. She believes that every dead person, in some way, exists around us, as memories, stories, knowledge, and genetic codes, creating layers of rich histories that also enhance people's lives.
Solo Exhibition Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 – Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, November 3, 2017, 6-9pm
Miya Hannan, Reno, NV, website