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From No.4 Pingyuanli to No.4 Tianqiaobeili

MA QIUSHA

From No.4 Pingyuanli to No.4 Tianqiaobeili

Single channel video

Color, sound, 7’54’’

2007

Courtesy of Beijing Commune

 

From No.4 Pingyuanli to No.4 Tianqiaobeili (2007) is a powerful work. Looking straight in the camera, Ma tells about her education, the imposed and self-imposed discipline suffered, and the way she reacted to pressure. As she utters these words she seems to blabber slightly. Only in the end we find out that she has a razorblade on the tongue, slowly but progressively wounding her mouth.

In less than 8 minutes a young life and the process that led her into art are painfully disclosed. Apart from being a filmed performance, this is a confession that – as in a rite of passage – turns into its opposite, becoming an affirmation of strength. Remembering is painful as understanding is.

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From No.4 Pingyuanli to No.4 Tianqiaobeili

Ma Qiusha

Artwork Details

Artist:
Ma Qiusha
Title:
From No.4 Pingyuanli to No.4 Tianqiaobeili
Created date:
2007
Medium:
Single channel video, Color, sound, 7’54’’

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