Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica, CA. Photo by James Reeves.

Light the Barricades

Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, California, 2019
Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2021

Light the Barricades is a series of three electrified shrines that reimagines the wall as a site for contemplating inner obstructions. Combining the anatomy of billboards with the traditions of Chinese landscape painting and meditation, the installations focus on resentment, judgment, and doubt—qualities that increasingly dominate American life today. Passersby are invited to read an illustrated fable along the length of the facade before sitting for a five-minute reflection with an illuminated hourglass and a topical question.

Spanning four sites across Los Angeles, the solar-powered structures appeared at Grand Park, Annenberg Community Beach House, and the Natural History Museum before convening at the Annenberg Space for Photography as part of the exhibit Walls: Defend, Divide, and the Divine. Extending into the museum, the project invited visitors to anonymously share their obstacles while considering the experiences of others through a video installation of select responses. Over 3,000 handwritten reflections were collected, and Chang and Reeves’s original soundtrack for the gallery appeared in an anthology of ambient music by Brooklyn label Mysteries of the Deep.

2019, Los Angeles, California; 2021, The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina. Commissioned by Katie Hollander. Exhibition curated by Jen Sudul Edwards. Project management by Stephanie Brown. 8′ h x 27′ w x 3′ d lightboxes; 21′ x 18′ gallery installation. Lightboxes: Solar panels, aluminum, polycarbonate, vinyl, LED lights, hourglasses, concrete, ink. Gallery: concrete, projection, audio, paper, pens.

Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica, CA. Photo by James Reeves.
Grand Park, Los Angeles, CA. Photo by James Reeves.
Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Candy Chang.
Grand Park, Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Candy Chang.
Grand Park, Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Kyle Espeleta.
Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Photo by James Reeves.
Grand Park, Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Kyle Espeleta.
Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica, CA. Photo by James Reeves.
Detail of artwork. Photo by Candy Chang.
Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica, CA. Photo by James Reeves.
Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Candy Chang.
All three installations at the Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Candy Chang.
Participatory video installation at the Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Candy Chang.
Writing at the podium. Photo by Candy Chang.
All three installations at the Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Kyle Espeleta.
On the spine of the walls, Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Candy Chang.
Grand Park, Los Angeles, CA. Photo by James Reeves.
Mint Museum Randolph, Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by James Reeves.



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