Seven Idiomatic Pieces – Sit Shotgun

Performance: Concordia University, 2012

 

Chun Hua Catherine Dong and her performance partner are naked, holding guns and looking at a Chinese traditional painting on a wall

Chun Hua Catherine Dong is watching her performance partner to take down a Chinese traditional painting, they are naked

Chun Hua Catherine Dong and her performance partner are naked, kneeing on a Chinese traditional painting, they shoot themselves with ink

Chun Hua Catherine Dong and her performance partner are naked, kneeing on a Chinese traditional painting, they shoot each other's hearts with ink

Chun Hua Catherine Dong and her performance partner are naked, lifting a Chinese traditional painting where they kneed on

Chun Hua Catherine Dong is naked, helping her performance partner to hang a  Chinese traditional painting on a wall

Chun Hua Catherine Dong and her performance partner are naked, holding hands and looking at a Chinese traditional painting on a wall

“Seven Idiomatic Pieces” is a performance series that explores mistranslations and metaphrase in language by reenacting seven English idioms. Although idioms might not make sense for many non-English speakers, I found out that they are like ready-made scripts that can be performed. For instance, the idiom, “the apple of my eye,” consists of two elements: apple and eye. However, what interests me most is how to use the two elements that seemingly have no connections to each other to make a performance in order to convey meanings or emotions. “Seven Idiomatic Pieces” focuses on the surface of the language and translates idioms into performative actions and gestures.

performed by Tran Chovic, photo and video by Shannon Harris