Film + Video + Installation + Photography
A Study of Fly, neither A Study of A Fly nor A Study of Flying. The fly in this film is both a noun and a verb, an analogue and a metaphor, a desire and a state between life and death. The entire work was done with optical printer and hand processing. There is a background story about the last passage of the film, where you will see a CT scanned image of 1000-year-old buddha statue, inside which a real human body was recently discovered, mummified in this lotus position. That human body was a monk who practiced buddhism in his life, and just about the time he knew he is going to die, he decided to have himself sealed inside the statue. I was very struck by it and curious what the idea and motivation was behind it. Trying to reach a state between human and buddha? Seeking a possibility to reach a state between life, preserved life, and perhaps afterlife? Can a life sustain in this way? I don’t have the answer, and I should leave it to you. Shall we fly.
How Old Are You? How Old Were You? is a piece about me and my mother. My mother and I had been apart not very long after I was born. At the time we reunited, which was 30 years later, she told me she always feels there is a hole in her body. The image of the hole stuck in my head, and this is where the film got started. The film shot with camera obscura interplays with multiple temporalities, which are, my life and my mother's life in the present, the past where I was in the womb while my mother was facing out the world in her twenties.