I have been There – London

Performance & Photography: London,  2016

 

Each time Chun Hua Catherine Dong travels to a new city, she takes photographs of herself lying in front of historical cites or tourist attractions, covered with a duvet.

Each time Chun Hua Catherine Dong travels to a new city, she takes photographs of herself lying in front of historical cites or tourist attractions, covered with a duvet.

Each time Chun Hua Catherine Dong travels to a new city, she takes photographs of herself lying in front of historical cites or tourist attractions, covered with a duvet.

Each time Chun Hua Catherine Dong travels to a new city, she takes photographs of herself lying in front of historical cites or tourist attractions, covered with a duvet.

Every time I travel to a city, I make a new duvet with Chinese silk brocade fabric. Covered by the duvet, I take photographs of myself lying on historical sites and tourist attractions as a sign of resistance, a form of solidarity, and a way to negotiate and/or engage with culture and space.  This work is inspired by funeral tradition from my hometown in China. When an elder is dead, daughters of this elder make duvets, called Corpse Covers, to cover their dead parent’s body. For myself, as a person who lives aboard and is so far away from my family, the question of who will bury me when I die sometimes bothers me. Therefore, I make my own Corpse Covers and bury myself at places I always want to be.   This performance is an on-going project that I started in 2015. I have performed in London, Manchester, Santiago, Toronto, Boston, Houston, Chicago, Miami, Manizales, and Edmonton, and will be continuing.

Photo credit:  William Gore