I have been There

Performance & Photography : Miami, 2016

 

Each time Chun Hua Catherine Dong travels to a new city, she takes photographs of herself lying in front of historical and tourist sites, 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 and tourist sites, 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 and tourist sites, 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 and tourist sites, 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 and tourist sites, 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 and tourist sites, covered with a 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, 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 also think about death. I live alone in a foreign country, the question of who will bury me comes to my mind very often. I decided to do this ritual in wherever I go, burying myself in the beautiful places I visit. When the real death is coming, maybe I won’t be afraid anymore.

photo courtesy of the artist