They

Four Channel Film Installation:  4K/HD, 29:23mins, loop, synchronized,  2017

 

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's four channela video projection work

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's four channel video projection work

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's four channel video projection work

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's four channel video projection work

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's four channel video projection work

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's four channel video projection work

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's four channel video projection work

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's four channel video projection work

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“They” is a four-channel film installation takes audiences into four women’s world to closely examine their ritualized daily lives, their obsessions, their struggles, and their determinations of being who they are. The four women are different but mirror each other: they deal with difficult transitions, ambivalent relationships, and desires that trouble them while also celebrating their own existences in a subversive but almost meditative way. The title of this film is derived from the gender-neutral pronoun “they.” “They” in this film is both singular and plural, referring the women as unique individuals who are plural, but whose bodies have been marked as “the other.”

My approach to the subject matter in this film is underlining women’s bodies as a site for social political transgression and resistance. Through employing symbolic gestures, poetic rhythms and repetitions, this film reveals a complex reflection on how identities are mediated not only through both screens and bodies but also how they arrive to us through time. This multi-channel film installation draws from cinematic and performance traditions, striving to create new visual narratives that enable the audience to experience the temporal dimension of the body directly, at the same time, in hopes of providing a key for understanding corporal power in the digital era.

Starring Carla Coma, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Jacqueline Van De Geer, Enok Ripley
Director: Chun Hua Catherine Dong
Director of Photography: Michael Wees
Assistant Camera: Viku Chang
Editor:Daniel Dietzel
Color: Jean-Maxim Desjardins
Sound: Mitchell Stafiej
Music:Shane Turner
VoiceOver: Alison Matthews
Text:Diagomo Leopardi

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