“The Whispering Tree” is a video-poetry narrative that explores themes of the dominance of the patriarchy through historical familial footage, spoken word poetry and other footage and sound. My family name ceased—and became reimagined--at the point of my great-grandparent’s immigration through Ellis Island at the start of the 1900’s, as our family name was reassigned to something more Americanized in the eyes of the government officials. I am fascinated not only by this event that wiped away my family’s true name, but also how we erase each generation’s name through marriage, only preserving the patriarchal name.

 

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