Xu Yihan 徐义涵 (painting) • Lena Shchecbakova (performance) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Fabrice Amzel (video) • Jean Le Guyader (documentation) • Guan Yan 官彦 (production supervisor) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (production supervisor) • Cecilia Garcia (production assistant)
When we were young children our great
grandmother used to sit us down next to the window. She’d tell us to close our
eyes and listen to the rain closely. We tried to hear the touch of every
droplet; we’d press our ears against the cool of the glass and listen to earth
being cleansed. “ 当你喝的水, 记得的春天.” When you drink the water, remember the spring. She’d exclaim. We fiddle with
her wisdom and chewed our tongues for the meaning. When we lost our youths our
great grandmother’s words became a distant whisper. When it rained we carried
only our decorated umbrellas, we thought of spring only under its twirling
aegis. No one ever dared to sip the water—since villagers who live near the 淮河盆地 Huai He basin became ill—, spring became the forgotten season in the city. [Jak Mussington]
N/A. Private Collection, Istanbul.
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