top of page

Synopsis:

 

(2020 live performance and installation)

 

This project is part of a series exploring identity through installations, photography, and performance. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in 2020, it was adapted and recorded in a video format.

 

“Beyond defining “what we truly are,” there always lies “what we have become”. Identity isn't an existence transcending place, time, history, and culture but a constantly evolving aspect of our historical selves that extends into the future and the past.”

 

—— Stuart Hall

 

The concept behind the project originates from my personal experiences as a Chinese individual living in London. It delves into the challenges of cultural assimilation, issues of discrimination and racism, and the question of how Asian representation should manifest within European society. The performance also prompts reflection on how an individual's identity undergoes transformation in a dynamic context.

 

Drawing inspiration from Frantz Fanon's "Black Skin, White Masks," the project addresses the struggle of the “Black skin” under a “White mask” in a colonial context, highlighting the repetitive performativity of identity. Questions about the existence of our true selves arise. The concept of the "White wall and black hole system" by Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari takes this exploration further, proposing that faces are produced by an "abstract machine," giving the signifier its white wall and subjectivity its black hole. The subject, through repetitive performance, resembles as the fragmentary self again as the project depicts.

 

Reference:

Fanon, F. (1995) Black Skin, White Masks.

Hall, S. (1998) Cultural Identity and Diaspora.

Deleuze, G. and Guattari, F. (2009) A Thousand Plateaus: Year Zero: Faciality.

Stills from the video format:

© 2024 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

  • Grey Facebook Icon
  • Grey Instagram Icon
bottom of page