Mother

Photograph: 18 pieces of photographs, inkjet prints, size varies, 2017

 

Chun Hua Catherine Dong photographs 14 mothers sitting on chairs in a countryside, an empty chair represents her mother

Chun Hua Catherine Dong sits on a chair with 14 empty chairs beside her in a countryside, there are 14 pairs of beautiful shows in front of chairs

Chun Hua Catherine Dong sits back on a chair with 14 empty chairs beside her in a countryside

nothing is eternal, what left is the beautiful landscape that had nurtured her mother

Chun Hua Catherine Dong and a mother sit beside a table, their postures mirror each other

Chun Hua Catherine Dong and a mother sit beside a table, their postures mirror each other

Chun Hua Catherine Dong and a mother sit beside a table, their postures mirror each other

Chun Hua Catherine Dong and a mother sit beside a table, their postures mirror each other

Chun Hua Catherine Dong and a mother sit beside a table, their postures mirror each other

” Mother ” consists of 18 photographs dedicating to my absent mother. Absence is a form of presence. Since my mother passed away, I went back to China and found 14 mothers who are my mother’s relatives and close friends. I bought a pair of floral embroidered traditional Chinese shoes to each mother as a gift, because my mother always loved it. We took photographs together while each mother wears the shoes and i wear the mother’s cloth.

Chun Hua Catherine Dong thanks the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qu├ębec for its financial support

Photo credit: Zeng Jin Wen