Tiny Tales and A Woman’s Way

Stories are the most fragile and ephemeral of historical archives. I have always been enticed by the beauty of these generational documents. Some of my favourite passed on stories come embroidered delicately on the silk 12-inch squares of Chamba Rumals: they chronicle the mythological stories of Gods such as Vishnu in his many forms and even the stories which come passed down in the royal courts of the Mughals and Rajputs in India. However, these stories tend to leave the women, who are instrumental in catalyzing change and revolution, in the background of historical documentation.

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My District and the World

My name is John Lin. I’m an undergraduate student at Brown University with a concentration in neuroscience and a strong interest in public policy. I come from Sugar Land, Texas, which is in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the United States. My representatives, however, have recently been criticized for making racist remarks towards their Asian American challengers, despite having a constituency that is roughly one-third Asian. I created this exhibit to show how my district is a microcosm of American politics and of the world, in terms of ethnic diversity, residential segregation, and racial gerrymandering.

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Free Play

The projects featured in this exhibit were developed in Professor Chris Bullʼs Industrial Design course. The class began with discovery of free play, observation and understanding of child development. The dioramas before you were just a stepping stone towards final projects that were installed in the Providence Childrenʼs Museum. This exhibition is a varied collection of the studentsʼ interpretations of childʼs play—displaying anything from a setting in which a child might enjoy playing in to an abstract manifestation of free play.

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Knit Together (Bound)

I found this sweater in my grandparents’ attic, after my grandfather died. Clearly it was used for work around the house, not prized, but kept longer than most garments nonetheless, set aside in a box of its own.

It was made in the mills of Fall River, Massachusetts, where both of them worked as children. The mills were the height of technology in the early 1900s when they attracted immigrant families to this place, who labored long hours and often lived brief lives, barely long enough to bear children. These photographs are of that generation in their childhood and teen years.

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Naïve Melodies

Music shapes us, sometimes in surprising ways. The soundtracks of our early lives offer elegant portraits of their makers, providing a snapshot of the community, memories, and melodies that made us. This Tiny Exhibit is a collection of family photos and community-sourced playlists featuring parental favorites, sing-alongs, lullabies—whatever was in the air while we were busy coming of age.

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Gimme more !!!

What happens when we posit Earth as our lover? How are we in relationship to non-human beings? Gimme more !!! is an exploration of the elements of nature we are attracted to and our bodies are moved by. These are just a few of the Earthly pleasures we have gathered from the Narragansett land on which we reside and the Anishinaabe and Nipmuc lands we call home.

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