miranda zhen-yao van-boswell



b. Vancouver n. Hong Kong
l./w. Providence

Miranda Zhen-Yao Van-Boswell is an artist of the Hong Kong diaspora, currently living in the ancestral homelands of the Narragansett Nation (colonially known as Providence, Rhode Island). Coincidentally born the same year as the Hong Kong handover from Britain to China (1997), Miranda is making one cyanotype a day for the next 25 years in anticipation of a nationhood death certificate issued July 1st 2047.

Miranda graduated from Brown University in 2020 with a BA in Visual Arts and works in photography, text, and mixed media. She’s interested in the triangular affair of translation, rituals of domesticity, and the intersection of personal and collective histories. Miranda is currently building a community darkroom with friends in the Atlantic Mills, and is the Work Exchange Artist in Residence at The Wedding Cake House.



October 2021-October 2022 The Wedding Cake House, Providence, RI


2022 ‘Fourth World’, The Castle, Providence, RI
2022 ‘Would That: Expressions of Possibility in Asian America and Diaspora’, Providence Public Library, Providence RI
2020 ‘Virginities’, List Art Center, Brown University, Providence RI
2019 ‘Adolescence’, List Art Center, Brown University, Providence RI
2019 ‘Imagen y Palabra’, Aquí Gallery, Santiago, Chile


2022 Cover photo for ‘Americón’ by Nico Vela Page, Brooklyn NY (forthcoming)
2022 Rolodex, Seawitch, Hong Kong (forthcoming)
2020 Brown Urban Journal Vol 6, pg 72, Providence RI
2019 ‘Ears for Hong Kong’, The Indy, Providence RI
2019  Cover photo for ‘Dispatches from Pronk’, The Indy, Providence RI
2018 ‘Conexión’, The Indy, Providence RI

Thank you—

To my parents, Thomas Boswell and Margaret May Fung Van. To my brother Marco Zhen-Ji Van-Boswell. 飲水思源.

To my mentors: Ali Van, Pippi Zornosa, Xander Marro, and Diana Khoi Nguyen.

For their conversation, support and friendship: Nico Vela Page, Lina Berón Echavarria, Galadriel Brady, Keri Brooks, Maya Singh, Gia Page Soles, Noa Mori Machover, Rue Sakayama, Adam Daesen, Paula Pacheco Soto, Mai Dao Micol Striuli, Camila Arbalaez Sola, Flo Li and Hera Ford.

To R, for being a haven and making anything feel possible.

In recognition of writers and artists that have influenced me and what has been borrowed:

Tiffany Sia’s Too Salty Too Wet and in particular her line “Hong Kong will be the first postmodern city to die.”

“All land has a perfect memory” borrows its title from Toni Morisson’s line “all water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was” in her essay The Site of Memory.

Diana Khoi Nguyen and her poetry collection Ghost Of. This acknowledgment is indebted to the template she provided in her own.

On Kawara, Anna Atkins, Terrance Hayes, Sun Yung Shin, Olivia Laing, and Gwendolyn Knight.

To those whose work I’ve drawn on unconsciously and am thus unable to honor here, thank you.