I Have Been There – Mexico City

Performance & Photograph: Mexico City, 2018

 

Chun Hua Catherine Dong buries herself at historical sites and tourist attraction in Mexico City

Chun Hua Catherine Dong buries herself at historical sites and tourist attraction in Mexico City

Chun Hua Catherine Dong buries herself at historical sites and tourist attraction in Mexico City

Chun Hua Catherine Dong buries herself at historical sites and tourist attraction in Mexico City

Chun Hua Catherine Dong buries herself at historical sites and tourist attraction in Mexico City

Chun Hua Catherine Dong buries herself at historical sites and tourist attraction in Mexico City

Chun Hua Catherine Dong buries herself at historical sites and tourist attraction in Mexico City

Chun Hua Catherine Dong buries herself at historical sites and tourist attraction in Mexico City

Chun Hua Catherine Dong buries herself at historical sites and tourist attraction in Mexico City

Chun Hua Catherine Dong buries herself at historical sites and tourist attraction in Mexico City

Chun Hua Catherine Dong buries herself at historical sites and tourist attraction in Mexico City

Chun Hua Catherine Dong buries herself at historical sites and tourist attraction in Mexico City

Chun Hua Catherine Dong buries herself at historical sites and tourist attraction in Mexico City

Chun Hua Catherine Dong buries herself at historical sites and tourist attraction in Mexico City

Chun Hua Catherine Dong buries herself at historical sites and tourist attraction in Mexico City

“I have been There,” is an on-going performance that explores relationship between death and diaspora/displacement. Every time I travel to a city, I make a new duvet with Chinese silk brocade fabric. Covered by the duvet, I photograph myself lying on ground of historical sites as a sign of resistance and a way of negotiating cultures and spaces.

This work is inspired by funeral tradition in my hometown in China. When an elder is dead, daughters of the elder make duvets with silk fabric, called Corpse Covers, to cover their dead parent’s body. For me, as a person living aboard without family, the question of who will bury me when I die bothers me sometimes. Therefore, I make my own Corpse Covers and bury myself publicly and repeatedly in different places.

photo credit: Oliver Santana & Elizabeth Ross