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Chun hua Catherine Dong painted a USA map upside down and put a red carpet on floorChun hua Catherine Dong gave red envelopes to audiencesChun hua Catherine Dong lift her middle fingers, audiences shout FREEDOM three timesWhen Chun Hua Catherine Dong showed her ass, audiences shouted at VOTE three timesWhen Chun Hua Catherine Dong bowed her head, audiences shouted DEMOCRACY three timesChun Hua Catherine Dong scratched heart shapes on a upside down USA mapChun Hua Catherine Dong transformed herself to a womanAudiences shot Chun Hua Catherine Dong's naked body with ink and rice on a upside down USA map

45 minutes at Grace Exhibition Space, 2015

photo credit: Maria Fernada Hubert and Chun Hua Catherine Dong

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Come-Home-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-14Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance in New York: she wrapped rice with red handkerchiefs, press the rice ball on her forehead and call her name to come home three times with her 	Chinese dialectChun Hua Catherine Dong's performance in New York: she wrapped rice with red handkerchiefs, press the rice ball on her forehead and call her name to come home three times with her 	Chinese dialectChun Hua Catherine Dong's performance in New York: she wrapped rice with a red handkerchief and form it to a rice ball, an audience was making his own rice ballCome-Home-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-22Come-Home-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-10

1. I place a handkerchief on floor, fill the handkerchief with a bowl of rice, and tie it to a rice ball.

2. I press the rice ball on my forehead and call my name to come home three times with my local dialect, and then replace it on floor.
3. Audiences are encouraged to participate. When one makes rice ball, one will be suggested call out one’s name to come home with one’s own language, take the rice ball to home, put it beside one’s pillow for three nights, and then cook the rice and eat it.

90 minutes at Songs For Presidents in New York, 2015, 100 handkerchiefs, 100 ribbons, 70 pounds rice, and a suitcase. ( curated by Frances Cooper, photo credit: Mark Hayes and Frances Cooper)

 

Lost-Twelve-Years-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-08Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance in Chicago: she uses a spoon to scratch her neck until there is red line appearsChun Hua Catherine Dong's performance in Chicago: she draws pink circles on her bellyLost-Twelve-Years-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-06Lost-Twelve-Years-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-05Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance in Chicago: she pours ink on her back from a tea potLost-Twelve-Years-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-03Lost-Twelve-Years-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-02

The Lost Twelve Years, 2015. Performance, 25 minutes at Rapid Pause International Performance Art Festival in Chicago

step 1. pinch my forehead until there is red dot appears
step 2. use a spoon to scratch my neck until there is red line appears
step 3. draw pink circles on my belly
step 4. throw gold paper to audience
step 5. pour ink on my back from a tea pot
step 6. shoot myself with ink

After living aboard as a Chinese for 12 years, I noticed there is a tremendous change inside me: something that has nurtured and cultivated me has gradually faded and forgotten. The gesture of shooting myself with ink is a political gesture. It is not only an apology for my twelve-year absence but also a manifestation that reveals my urgent needs to renew my lost tradition and culture. The ink is an essential material for Chinese traditional painting and calligraphy. In my performance, the ink is not to be used as an artistic tool to reproduce the appearance of the subject, but to be used as a weapon against myself. this performance examines relationships between me and the place I live, between what I have lost and what I have gained. This performance is also a ritual meditation. In this suicidal ritual, I baptize myself with Chinese ink in order to be saved from fear of loss, preserve my identity from the process of self-transformation, and to capture my stray soul in a foreign land.

photo credit: Tongyu Zhao.

I-Have-Been-There-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-02each time Chun Hua Catherine Dong travels to a city, she takes photographs of herself lying in front of historical and tourist sites, covered by a silk corpse duveteach time Chun Hua Catherine Dong travels to a city, she takes photographs of herself lying in front of historical and tourist sites, covered by a silk corpse duveteach time Chun Hua Catherine Dong travels to a city, she takes photographs of herself lying in front of historical and tourist sites, covered by a silk corpse duvet

Each time I travel to a new city, I make a new duvet cover with silk fabric, I take photographs of myself lying in front of historical and tourist sites, covered by the corpse sheet.

in villages of my hometown province, when an elder is dead, each daughter will make a silk duvet cover, called Corpse Cover, and cover her parent’s dead body, which representing how her parent took care of her when she was young. if this elder has six daughters, he/she will be covered by six duvets, one on top each other, i don’t know why daughters only, i never ask neither.

Chun Hua Catherine Dong shucks peanuts and leave peanuts’ shell on an empty bed, she also invites audiences to shuck peanuts with herChun Hua Catherine Dong shucks peanuts and leave peanuts’ shell on an empty bed, she also invites audiences to shuck peanuts with herAs-if-Never-Happened-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-08Chun Hua Catherine Dong shucks peanuts and leave peanuts’ shell on an empty bed, she also invites audiences to shuck peanuts with herAs-if-Never-Happened-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-01Chun Hua Catherine Dong shucks peanuts and leave peanuts’ shell on an empty bed, she also invites audiences to shuck peanuts with herAs-if-Never-Happened-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-04

Two beds face each other, one is covered with peanuts, another one is empty, I start to shuck peanuts and leave peanuts’ shell on the empty bed . When audiences come, they are invited to shuck peanuts with me, eat peanuts seeds while leaving peanuts shells on the bed. Peanuts can be taken to home, but shells must be left on the bed. Audiences participate both in my presence and absence.

performed eight hours at Hamilton Artist Inc,. in Hamilton, Canada

photo credit: Caitlin Sutherland

My-First-Teddy-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-06My-First-Teddy-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-01Chun Hua Catherine Dong collected stuffed animals, cut their mouths one by one, sewed different mouths into different stuffed animals, and took portraits of themMy-First-Teddy-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-02My-First-Teddy-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-09Chun Hua Catherine Dong collected stuffed animals, cut their mouths one by one, sewed different mouths into different stuffed animals, and took portraits of themChun Hua Catherine Dong collected stuffed animals, cut their mouths one by one, sewed different mouths into different stuffed animals, and took portraits of themMy-First-Teddy-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-10

 

I collected used stuffed animals, taking portraits of them, and then I cut their mouths, taking portrait of them, finally, I sewed different mouths into different animals, taking portraits of them again

Chun Hua Catherine Dong collected stuffed animals, cut their mouths and sewed different mouths into different stuffed animalsChun Hua Catherine Dong collected stuffed animals, cut their mouths and sewed different mouths into different stuffed animalsMy-First-Teddy-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-02My-First-Teddy-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-03My-First-Teddy-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-05Chun Hua Catherine Dong collected stuffed animals, cut their mouths and sewed different mouths into different stuffed animalsMy-First-Teddy-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-06Chun Hua Catherine Dong collected stuffed animals, cut their mouths and sewed different mouths into different stuffed animals

collected used stuffed animals, taking portraits of them.
I cut their mouths, taking portrait of them.
Finally, I sewed different mouths into different animals, taking portraits of them again.

photo credit: Viku Chan