Freedom, Democracy, and Vote

Performance: 45 minutes at Grace Exhibition Space, New York, 2015

 

Chun Hua Catherine Dong painted a USA map upside down and put a red carpet on floor

Chun Hua Catherine Dong gave red envelopes to audiences, there is one dollar and a note inside the envelop

Chun Hua Catherine Dong gave red envelopes to audiences, there is one dollar and a note inside the envelop

Chun Hua Catherine Dong  lift her middle figure while audiences shout freedom

When Chun Hua Catherine Dong bowed her head, audiences shouted DEMOCRACY three times

When audiences see Chun Hua Catherine Dong's ass, they shout vote

When Chun Hua Catherine Dong lift her middle fingers, audiences shout FREEDOM three times

When Chun Hua Catherine Dong showed her ass, audiences shouted at VOTE three times

Chun Hua Catherine Dong transformed herself to a woman

Chun Hua Catherine Dong' s hands were nailed on a upside down USA map

Audiences shot Chun Hua Catherine Dong's naked body with ink on a upside down USA map

Audiences shot Chun Hua Catherine Dong's naked body with ink and rice on a upside down USA map

I paint a USA map upside down on a wall and place a red long fabric on the floor. I walk on the red fabric toward to the map, holding a stack of red envelops, and giving red envelopes to audiences. When they open it, they see there is one dollar and a note with written words:

“ When you see my middle fingers,
Please repeat “ FREEDOM” three times as loud as you can
When you see me bowing,
Please repeat “ DEMOCRACY” three times as loud as you can
When you see my ass,
Please repeat “ VOTE” three times as loud as you can”

I throw all red envelopes to audiences. I keep walking toward the USA map while repeating three gestures: lift my middle fingers, bowing, and lift my monk robe.  The audiences shout “ Freedom,” “ Democracy,” and “ Vote” loudly to respond my gestures. I finally reach the map, I reveals my identity, the red carpet is removed, and someone nails my wrists to the centre of the map. Followed my instruction, the audiences shoot the map with black ink with guns. After all the ink is run out, three bags of rice are brought, audiences are guided to shoot my body with rice. In the middle of the rice shooting, one of nails fasten my wrists on the map falls off, the performance is over.

photo credit: Maria Fernanda Hubeaut and Chun Hua Catherine Dong