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Chun Hua Catherine Dong invitred audiences to shoot her naked body with riceChun Hua Catherine Dong invited audiences to shoot her naked body with riceChun Hua Catherine Dong invitred audiences to shoot her naked body with riceChun Hua Catherine Dong invited audiences to shoot her naked body with riceChun Hua Catherine Dong invited audiences to shoot her naked body with rice

performed at SPREAD openning at Chapel Arts, June 3, 2011

duration: one and half an hour

photo by Chad Durnford

I stand against a white wall in a gallery space. There are two bags of rice with a description on the floor right in front of me. Audiences are encouraged to shoot my naked body with rice outside of yellow tape. This action will be repeated until the rice is gone.

After living inCanada for eight year, I realized that there is urgency for me to renew my lost tradition and culture. In the early 2010, I started to use rice to create a series of performances to explore oppositions as manifestations of fundamental existential concern in Chinese philosophy. “The Invalid Testimony” is the fifth one in the rice performance series. This series is not only a ritual meditation, but also an opening conversation, examining relationships between me and the place I live, between what I have lost and what I have gained as a racial minority. However, in “The Invalid Testimony,” I turn the ritual to a battle. The rice that has nurtured me in my whole life becomes a weapon to against myself.  It seems that the only way I regain what I have lost is through surrender.

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I am an exotic, compliant and artistic

Asian girl, looking for A WHITE HUSBAND

who would like to take me to his home

and live with him for a day as his mail order bride.

if you think it would be an interesting experience,

please contact me at

artistintheworld@hotmail.com


photo by Bernie Lee

I started the Husbands and I performance in 2009; I wore my Chinese traditional dress, walking on streets in Vancouver and asking white males to have photo taken with me by suggesting them to be my husband for a minute. I have had photo with 325 men. In September 2010, I advertised myself in various media as “an exotic, compliant and artistic Asian girl, looking for a white husband who would like to take me to his home and live with him for a day as his mail order bride.” I lived with men who responded my advertise a day. This performance ended in June 2011.

I emigrated from China to Canada eight years ago. I regard the whole process of immigration as a marriage, and myself is like a mail order bride. I married Canada that I had never seen before, suddenly transforming myself from a Chinese to a Chinese Canadian or Canadian. My identity is not constructed by Canadian history, its culture or its beautiful landscapes, but the white males who are beside me.  The physical encounter between me and the white males actually is an ideological confrontation between me and the Western social and political landscape that I feel I don’t belong to. The process looking for a white man is a process of looking for home. However, unfortunately, the home is temporary and the relationship is ephemeral. Nevertheless, by exploring intimacy with them, I try to not only reconfigure the established centred power that the privileged white males embody, but also question whether the culturally interpreted Chinese female body, both as a foreign subject and object, can be invested and exploited, most importantly, question whether the concept of the borders still exists although physical borderline is crossed.

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Chun Hua Catherine Dong advertised herself in various media and asked strangers to take her to their homes to live with them for a day as their wives.Chun Hua Catherine Dong advertised herself in various media and asked strangers to take her to their homes to live with them for a day as their mail-order brides.Chun Hua Catherine Dong advertised herself in various media and asked strangers to take her to their homes to live with them for a day as their wives or mail-order brides.Chun Hua Catherine Dong advertised herself in various media and asked strangers to take her to their homes to live with them for a day as their wives or mail-order brides.Chun Hua Catherine Dong advertised herself in various media and asked strangers to take her to their homes to live with them for a day as their wives or mail-order brides.Chun Hua Catherine Dong advertised herself in various media and asked strangers to take her to their homes to live with them for a day as their wives or mail-order brides.Chun Hua Catherine Dong advertised herself in various media and asked strangers to take her to their homes to live with them for a day as their wives or mail-order brides. Husbands-and-I-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-07Chun Hua Catherine Dong advertised herself in various media and asked strangers to take her to their homes to live with them for a day as their wives or mail-order brides. Husbands-and-I-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-03

video is available upon request

I started the Husbands and I performance in 2009; I wore my Chinese traditional dress, walking on streets in Vancouver and asking white males to have photo taken with me by suggesting them to be my husband for a minute. I have had photo with 325 men. In September 2010, I advertised myself in various media as “an exotic, compliant and artistic Asian girl, looking for a white husband who would like to take me to his home and live with him for a day as his mail order bride.” I lived with men who responded my advertise a day. This performance ended in June 2011.

I emigrated from China to Canada eight years ago. I regard the whole process of immigration as a marriage, and myself is like a mail order bride. I married Canada that I had never seen before, suddenly transforming myself from a Chinese to a Chinese Canadian or Canadian. My identity is not constructed by Canadian history, its culture or its beautiful landscapes, but the white males who are beside me.  The physical encounter between me and the white males actually is an ideological confrontation between me and the Western social and political landscape that I feel I don’t belong to. The process looking for a white man is a process of looking for home. However, unfortunately, the home is temporary and the relationship is ephemeral. Nevertheless, by exploring intimacy with them, I try to not only reconfigure the established centred power that the privileged white males embody, but also question whether the culturally interpreted Chinese female body, both as a foreign subject and object, can be invested and exploited, most importantly, question whether the concept of the borders still exists although physical borderline is crossed.

 video credit: Sarah Hudson, Maksim Bentsianov, Karlo Melgarejo, Jerry Tai

 

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 Chun Hua Catherine Dong writes letters to museums to express her willingness of donating her body to museums' collectionsChun Hua Catherine Dong writes letters to museums to express her willingness of donating her body to museums' collections. the letter includes a picture of her standing on a plinthChun Hua Catherine Dong writes letters to museums to express her willingness of donating her body to museums' collections, she has sent hundreds and hundreds lettersChun Hua Catherine Dong writes letters to museums to express her willingness of donating her body to museums' collections, and she received lots of reject letters

Text about this project will be coming soon

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Chun Hua Catherine Dong asks strangers on streets to be her husbands for a minute, this man wearing green T-Shirt is one of her one-minute husbandsChun Hua Catherine Dong asks strangers on streets to be her husbands for a minute. She and her one-minute husband take photo together to capture their special moment

Chun Hua Catherine Dong asks strangers on streets to be her husbands for a minute. They took a picture together, sh and her one-minute husband are like a real coupleChun Hua Catherine Dong asks strangers on streets to be her husbands for a minute. She and her one-minute husband take photo together to capture their special momentChun Hua Catherine Dong asks strangers on streets to be her husbands for a minute. She and her one-minute husband take photo together to capture their special momentChun Hua Catherine Dong asks strangers on streets to be her husbands for a minute. They took a picture together, sh and her one-minute husband are like a real couple and lover

from a 325 husband collection

I started the Husbands and I performance in 2009; I wore my Chinese traditional dress, walking on streets in Vancouver and asking white males to have photo taken with me by suggesting them to be my husband for a minute. I have had photo with 325 men. In September 2010, I advertised myself in various media as “an exotic, compliant and artistic Asian girl, looking for a white husband who would like to take me to his home and live with him for a day as his mail order bride.” I lived with men who responded my advertise a day. This performance ended in June 2011.

I emigrated from China to Canada eight years ago. I regard the whole process of immigration as a marriage, and myself is like a mail order bride. I married Canada that I had never seen before, suddenly transforming myself from a Chinese to a Chinese Canadian or Canadian. My identity is not constructed by Canadian history, its culture or its beautiful landscapes, but the white males who are beside me.  The physical encounter between me and the white males actually is an ideological confrontation between me and the Western social and political landscape that I feel I don’t belong to. The process looking for a white man is a process of looking for home. However, unfortunately, the home is temporary and the relationship is ephemeral. Nevertheless, by exploring intimacy with them, I try to not only reconfigure the established centred power that the privileged white males embody, but also question whether the culturally interpreted Chinese female body, both as a foreign subject and object, can be invested and exploited, most importantly, question whether the concept of the borders still exists although physical borderline is crossed.

photo credit: Ruth Skinner

 

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Chun Hua Catherine Dong sits on a mat, her sieve is filled with black and white rice like a Yin and Yang symbol, she throws rice to audiencesChun Hua Catherine Dong grabs a handful black rice, she is ready to throw them to audiences in Vancouver Chun Hua Catherine Dong closes her eyes and gently touches  the black and white rice in front of her, she is ready to perform her rice performanceChun Hua Catherine Dong grabs a handful rice and throws it to audiences, the audiences can feel the gentle touch of the riceChun Hua Catherine Dong sits in front of a sieve that is filled with black and white rice, she grabs the rice and starts to meditate her situation

it was performed at Chapel Arts and Emily Carr University in 2010

I fill a bamboo basket with white and black rice, so there is white rice on the left, black rice on the right. I sit on a bamboo mat,  grapping rice and tossing it to audiences.

photo credit: Alina Ilyasova

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Chun Hua Catherine Dong selects black rice from white rice for hours in a galleryChun Hua Catherine Dong sits on a bamboo mat and picks rice one after one as a meditation, it is infinite taskChun Hua Catherine Dong meditates her rice for hours, reflecting her own ideology about raceChun Hua Catherine Dong screens out small rice and picks up rice that doesn't fit our political systemChun Hua Catherine Dong repeats selecting rice over and over again in her performance

 

performed at PAct 4: Trade opening at  Vancouver International Centre for contemporary Asian Art and Pacific Cinematheque, 2010

I sit on a bamboo matt and demonstrate a process of selecting rice: I lift a sieve and gently shake it to screen out the smaller rice, and then I put the sieve on the matt and pick out the imperfections. the gestures of shaking the sieve and picking the rice are repeated hours.

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