"Flat Water"

2019

video, color, sound

01'06"

The rolling pin is used to flat the flour. I use it to flat the water surface. I'm trying it again and again.

The work contains a huge contradiction. In this process, I have developed a dialectical reflection on the relative concept of "stillness and movement". I am constantly repeating the action of flat water. Repeating is an important part of it. It is about the confusion that is difficult to get rid of, it is about the process, and it is about the situation of human beings. People can never edit nature. 

This work has site specificity. The river in the video is far away from my motherland. It is a river in London. I repeat the action in it, conveying a state in which I have been working hard in a foreign country but many things cannot be changed, conveying a feeling of futileness.

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