Yumi Janairo Roth


Somewhat blurry black and white portrait of Yumi Janairo Roth. She is wearing a jean jacket, a printed skirt, and has her arms crossed. She has a serious yet soft look on her face and is standing indoors in an unidentified space.Yumi Janairo Roth has created a diverse body of work that explores ideas of immigration, hybridity, and displacement through discrete objects and site-responsive installations, solo projects as well as collaborations. In her projects, objects function as both natives and interlopers to their environments, simultaneously recognizable and unfamiliar to their users. 

Roth was born in Eugene, Oregon and grew up in Chicago, Metro Manila, the Philippines and suburban Washington DC. She received a BA in anthropology from Tufts University, a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston and an MFA from the State University of New York-New Paltz. Roth has exhibited and participated in artist-in-residencies nationally and internationally, including Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Smack Mellon, and Cuchifritos in New York City; Diverse Works and  Lawndale Art Center in Houston; Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, ME; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Consolidated Works, Seattle; Vargas Museum, Metro Manila, Philippines, Ayala Museum, Metro Manila, Philippines; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany; Galerie Klatovy Klenová, Szech Republic; and Institute of Art and Design-Pilsen, Czech Republic. She currently lives and works in Boulder, Colorado where she is a professor of sculpture and post studio practice at the University of Colorado.


Listen to Lincoln Bramwell, Chief Historian for the U.S. Forest Service, talk about public land and property rights in English

Escuche el comentario de Lincoln Bramwell sobre la tierra publica y derechos de la propiedad en español


Work in the exhibition: 

A lush green forest nestled under a bright blue sky. In the forefront of the image there is a sign lodged into a mound of dirt. The sign reads, “Property boundary, National Forest” and “Management rights, the right to regulate internal use patterns and to make improvements.”

Yumi Janairo Roth, The Commons: Management Rights, 2020. Screen-printed aluminum sign installed in Colorado. Courtesy the artist.



[Image description: Miranda Lash stands in front of Yumi Janairo Roth's work in the gallery. A red play button is in the bottom right corner.]