Someone 2 Know; Zhi Lin
Our Someone 2 Know has studied, taught and created art in the US. for decades. Zhi Lin he spent many years in the Sierra Nevada retracing the steps of thousands of Chinese laborers who built the Transcontinental Railroad.
Our Someone 2 Know has studied, taught and created art in the US. for decades.
Zhi Lin he spent many years in the Sierra Nevada retracing the steps of thousands of Chinese laborers who built the Transcontinental Railroad.
His work is now on display at the Nevada Museum of Art In Reno.
There you will see and hear the locomotives, fanfare and fuss that once celebrated the East meeting the West with completion of the Transcontinental Railroad 150 years ago this month.
"You know, this is the kind of history we need to examine carefully."
Because, if you look carefully at the images from the famous "Golden Spike" ceremony you won’t see any of the tens of thousands of laborers who help build it; "The Chinese worker was excluded - from my point of view - from the celebration," explains Lin.
Chinese born artist and professor Zhi Lin wants to make sure that workforce, 90% of whom were Chinese, are never forgotten; "Stanford University launched a project for seven years and cannot locate a single person."
The names that could be found on old payroll records are of contractors and gang bosses, says Lin. And he carefully painted each one on the rocks that form the track ballast. You can read them on his composition art piece.
"The top portion is video, bottom half is painted,” Lin points out.
Zhi Lin's mixed media exhibit is on display at the Nevada Museum of Art
He show us another work hanging at the museum; "That piece, that is the cliff by Donner Summit."
Donner Summit, and other parts of the Sierra Nevada, where workers hand carved through the mountains to make way for the railway. It's all depicted in Lin's art; "Where they work. Where they sleep, this is where they're based and where they wash their clothes."
Zhi Lin spent time in our mountain range, studying and recreating the way of life - and death - for the Chinese laborers 150 years ago. And he would like people to recognize one thing.
"The history of America, in part, at least in part, written by Chinese contributions."
Artist Zhi Lin's work will be on display at the Nevada Museum of Art In Reno from May 4th through November 10th, 2019