Rice Performance Series- Another Witness

Performance: 3 hours at Nomad Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, 2011  

 

Chun Hua Catherine Dong leaks rice from her bag while having conversation withe people in a gallery in Vancouver. She stops leaking rice when their conversation is over.

Chun Hua Catherine Dong leaks rice from her bag while having conversation withe people in a gallery in Vancouver. She stops leaking rice when their conversation is over.

Chun Hua Catherine Dong leaks rice from her bag while having conversation withe people in a gallery in Vancouver. She stops leaking rice when their conversation is over.

Chun Hua Catherine Dong leaks rice from her bag while having conversation withe people in a gallery in Vancouver. She stops leaking rice when their conversation is over.

I cut a small hole on a bag, fill this bag with rice, and  carry it in a gallery space. I walk around and try to approach audiences to have conversations. When the conversation starts, I let the rice leaking from my bag. When the conversation is over, the rice stops leaking. And then I move to another audience, the actions of starting conversations with audiences while leaking rice are repeated.

Since 2010, I have created a series of performances that uses rice to address issues related race, gender, diaspora and displacement. “ Another Witness” is the fifth piece of this series. This performance examines relationships between where I live, what I have lost, and what I have gained as a Chinese living in the rapidly changing western society. For other pieces about this series, please see links below

The Other Words (2016)
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/the-other-words-3/
Come Home (2015)
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/come-home/
Hourglass (2010-2013)
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/rice-performance-series-hourglass/
Invalid Testimony (2011)
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/invalid-testimony/
It is a Way of Being (2010)
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/it-is-a-way-of-being/
The Other Words (2010)
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/the-other-words/
Arrival (2010)
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/arrival/

Photo credit: Bitshere