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Artist Talk with Jennifer Wen Ma

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art presents an artist talk May 18 with artist Jennifer Wen Ma, who will discuss about her site-specific installation, Cry Joy Park—Gardens of Dark and Light. Cry Joy Park is an investigation into the construct of a utopia, inspired by the history of Charleston: a cultural and artistic capital of the American South, and an exemplar of its opulence and beauty. This installation aims to present both an alluring, gorgeous and otherworldly garden, and its darker counterpart. The worlds created by the exhibition are a juxtaposition of utopia and dystopia and are presented via an immersive multisensory experience that utilizes various forms of communication to convey its message.