I Have Been There – Boston

Performance & Photography: Boston,  2016

 

Chun Hua Catherine Dong takes photographs of herself lying in front of historical and tourist sites, covered with Chinese silk duvet

Chun Hua Catherine Dong takes photographs of herself lying in front of historical and tourist sites, covered with Chinese silk duvet

Chun Hua Catherine Dong takes photographs of herself lying in front of historical and tourist sites, covered with Chinese silk duvet

Chun Hua Catherine Dong takes photographs of herself lying in front of historical and tourist sites, covered with Chinese silk duvet

Chun Hua Catherine Dong takes photographs of herself lying in front of historical and tourist sites, covered with Chinese silk duvet

Chun Hua Catherine Dong takes photographs of herself lying in front of historical and tourist sites, covered with Chinese silk duvet

Each time I travel to a new city, I make a new duvet cover with Chinese silk brocade fabric. I take photographs of myself lying in front of historical and tourist sites, covered by the corpse sheet.

In villages of my hometown province, when an elder is dead, each daughter will make a silk duvet cover, called Corpse Cover, and cover her parent’s dead body, which represents how her parent took care of her when she was young. If this elder has six daughters, he/she will be covered by six duvets, one on top each other. I don’t know why daughters only, I never ask neither.

photo credit: Paul Todd Sullivan