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GALLERYtalk – Kiliii Yuyan: Thin Places

Dec 2, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Gallery A

Cost: FREE

Join Kiliii Yuyan in Gallery A as he talks about his exhibition, Thin Places.

I will always remember those nights with the burning, glowing embrace of the fireflies. In the space around my body, they floated like a thousand miniature green-yellow lanterns, blazing long enough to be seen, but gone quickly enough to escape my cupped hands. It’s embedded in me to see the fireflies as spirit beings here. I’ve never met a person who hasn’t felt their otherworldly nature. Indeed, my Indigenous ancestors referred to wild creatures as ‘men in other shirts’. For animistic peoples, our world is inhabited by spirits, which only reveal themselves in particular circumstances or places. But somehow, I think, we all feel this regardless of where we come from. 

And that spot by the pond out in the summer darkness with the fireflies? That’s my quintessential thin place.

-Kiliii Yuyan


Thin Places: Kiliii Yuyan – Exhibition in Gallery A, December 2 – May 6, 2023

First Friday Art Crawls on the First Friday of each month, 5 – 8 pm

Exhibition Celebrations: December 2 and March 3, 2023, 5 – 9 pm

About the Artist

Photographer Kiliii Yuyan illuminates stories of the Arctic and human communities connected to the land and sea. Informed by ancestry that is both Nanai/Hèzhé (East Asian Indigenous) and Chinese American, he explores the human relationship to the natural world from different cultural perspectives and extreme environments, on land and underwater. Kiliii is an award-winning contributor to National Geographic, TIME and other major publications.


Dec 2, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Gallery A