Soft and Precious

On view at:
PLATFORM Centre for Photography + Digital Arts
26 May - 08 July 2017

In this sculptural installation I performatively worked as the American sculptor Richard Serra. I recreated his artworks and studio space between the 1950s and the 1960s. Serra could easily create his sculptures out of industrial metals due to metal surpluses made possible by American labour exploitation, slavery, and imperialism. It was also in the 1950s and the 1960s that witnessed the recycling of metal antiquities to produce industrial metals for the rapid industrialization of China. These were measures taken due to metal shortages.

In one temporality, Richard Serra could cheaply make his sculptures, and in another temporality there was a metal shortage in China. I entangled these two temporalities to reflect on my biography of being an Overseas Chinese living in the West. I recreated Richard Serra’s artworks through large scale photographic prints that depicted Chinese metal antiquities found in the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada.



20 x 12 x 10 ft (L x H x W)

Installation, wood, chromogenic prints, Sintra