Happy Unborn Day (2020)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a performance dedicated to my unborn brother who had to be aborted, and more than one generation that has to deal with the lifelong aftermath of one-child policy. The performance also delivers an alternative narrative of personal loss, grieving and coping.

 

The number of candles I lighted up represents the age he would have been at the year 2020 when I delivered this performance and the colour of white is traditionally the funeral colour in my heritage culture. The whole performance symbolises a distorted combination of a birthday celebration that never really existed and a funeral that deserves to be remembered.

 

In an ideal scenario, this performance would be delivered in front of live audience, and a letter addressing my brother would be read out loud. Regardless, I decided to collaborate with a filmmaker peer to have the performance recorded instead on 20 March 2020.

 

This is my first performance art piece.

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