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 a Rhode Island State Council of the Arts (RISCA) grant recipient, and has work held in the Museum of Everyday Life’s permanent collection. She is the cofounder of the community darkroom known as The Shade, and is the Work Exchange Artist in Residence at The Wedding Cake House.


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


2022 Rhode Island State Council of the Arts Make Art Grant
2022 Rhode Island State Council of the Arts Community Engagement Grant
2020 Roberta Joselin Award, Brown University
2019 LINK Award, Brown University 


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 Interview with Celeste Diaz Falzone, Dirt Palace Blog
2022 Rolodex, Seawitch, Hong Kong (forthcoming)
2022 All Land Has a Perfect Memory cover photo for Nico Vela Page’s Americón, Wendy’s Subway, NY
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