The Story in the Air

Borrowing stories from South Africa where the majority of the artist’s maternal family has emigrated, this work explores the archetype of story itself. Among various stories in this film, ranging from socio-political to natural history, the focus is on the half-striped zebra (quagga) which was believed extinct in the late 19th century but was reintroduced through selective breeding in the past decade.

By merging footages which artist collected on his ongoing research trips on identity, migration and extinction in South Africa, Thailand, and Taiwan, the artist weaves together (in this case also with fabrics: Thai silk and African wax print) an audio-visual dreamscape about how a mythology is narrated, and poses the question on how to move to the future with a past.

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Preview: https://vimeo.com/420590087