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Housework Ritual

HD video, 10'58", 2009

Performers: Wang Le, Zhang Cai Lian, Jia Shen Shen, Liu Wan, Li Na, Xiao Qun Yan
Lighting: Hua Shu Liang
Assistant: Lu Jia
Special Thanks to Walker Boutique Hotel- Xi'an

I invited female staffs who work in a hotel to "perform" housework in various location within the hotel. These normally internalized activities are ritualized performance in the video, repetitive and with no result from their labor. The aesthetic of women in our society is often separated from the everyday labor they engaged in, and these works are often identified as actions that are internal, domestic and with no transcendental value. This video takes out the functionality from the housework and use it to create ritual and aesthetic.

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