Rice Performance Series – Invalid Testimony

Performance: 90 minutes at Chapel Arts, Vancouver, Canada, 2011  

 

Chun Hua Catherine Dong invited audiences to shoot her naked body with rice

Chun Hua Catherine Dong invited audiences to shoot her naked body with rice

Chun Hua Catherine Dong invited audiences to shoot her naked body with rice

Chun Hua Catherine Dong invited audiences to shoot her naked body with rice

Chun Hua Catherine Dong invited audiences to shoot her naked body with rice

Chun Hua Catherine Dong invited audiences to shoot her naked body with rice

I stand against a wall in a gallery space. There are two bags of rice on the floor. Audiences are encouraged to shoot my naked body with rice until all the rice is gone.

Since 2010, I have created a series of performances that uses rice to address issues related race, gender, diaspora and displacement. “ Invalid Testimony” is the sixth piece of this series. This performance examines relationships between where I live, what I have lost, and what I have gained as a Chinese living in the rapidly changing western society. For other pieces about this series, please see links below

The Other Words (2016)
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/the-other-words-3/
Come Home (2015)
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/come-home/
Hourglass (2010-2013)
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/rice-performance-series-hourglass/
Another Witness
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/another-witness/
It is a Way of Being (2010)
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/it-is-a-way-of-being/
The Other Words (2010)
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/the-other-words/
Arrival (2010)
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/arrival/

photo credit: Chad Durnford