Voile & Wall
Voile & Wall is a mixture of photography, installation and archived documents, a work dedicated to his mother between 2014-2015. It discusses responsibility and desire, revealing the invasive power of propaganda over personal space. Thirty years ago, when my family in a Southern China village bought one of the earliest black and white television, I didn’t realize the important role it would play in my mother’s life thereafter. Disliked travelling, everyday She eagerly tuned into news channels, undercover investigations, followed so-called experts of regimen and nutrition and noted down their important opinions and suggestions. To her surprise as well, her son, by the time he graduated, had never sat on a plane before, is now busy flying all over the world. Over the years, the two different lifestyles finally shaped our different values and attitudes towards life. The TV screen pours out its energy on her, and on me. On the contrary, my travelling experience is not welcomed in her life. There is suffocating voile between her and me. The gulf between us collapsed when my mother suddenly passed away. By going through her belongings and reading her diaries, I slowly slipped into my mother’s world in search for reasons behind the voile, while re-examining the wall” in my inner self, which is getting higher and higher.