Where are We going

Performance: 25 minutes at Edge Zones, Miami, as part of Miami Performance International Festival , 2015

 

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at Miami Performance International Festival in 2016

Chun Hua Catherine Dong uses salt to build a concentric circle and she bows to a wall

Chun Hua Catherine Dong walks on salt circles while pulling thread from her cloth and tasting the salt through her finger tips

Chun Hua Catherine Dong pinches her forehead with water until there is a dark red dot appear

Chun Hua Catherine Dong bends her head deeper and deeper while pinching her forehead with water

Chun Hua Catherine Dong is pulling thread from salt circles

A thread from Chun Hua Catherine Dong's cloth ties her body with salt circles she built

I use salt to build a concentric circle, I walk on the circle while pulling thread from my cloth and tasting the salt through my finger tips. Each time I arrive a new circle, I bend my head deeper and deeper. After I arrive at the centre of the circle, I pinch my forehead with water until there is a dark red dot appear. Finally, I walk to outside of the salt circle, pulling thread back to me and walk away. Exeunt.

This work explores relationship between humans and animals, suffering and loss through symbolic and metaphoric gestures. While humans are regarded as the cultural animals, animals are often seen as another kind of people: the other, the animal other. This work expresses longing for re-connection from both humans and animals, striving to find a harmonious relationship through an animistic worldview. It reflects on our colonial roots of the wildlife and nature, questioning how wildlife and nature have been through from a symbol of a divine power in ancient time to a commodity for sale in nowadays. Through retracing our culture’s engagements with animals, I hope to expand horizons in order to better understand our roots and consequences of marginalizing our animals and nature.

This performance is a work developed from my earlier perforamnce ” Set me on My High Places.” for more information about ” Set  me on My High Places,” please visit
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/set-me-on-my-high-places/

photo credit: Tatiana Koroleva