When I was Born

video:: 3:05mins , produced in Vancouver, Canada, 2010





“When I was Born” examines a woman’s multifaceted struggles associated with gender and identity. In this work, a woman tells a story about when she was born, repeating a statement, “When I was born, my father said I was just another mouth to feed.” This statement is a site of resistance and inquiry. It reveals the socio-political implications of patriarchal values embedded in Chinese culture and the lived experience of East-Asian shame culture. In fact, at the time and the place where she was born, being a girl was a mistake and a shame. Through reconfiguring personal memory and bringing the past to the present, the artist not only confronts with the pain of the past, but also seeks altered states of consciousness that possibly leads to restore dignity and humanity.

Photo courtesy of the artist