the encounter is a single channel video from 2011 that brings together a surrealistic quest to discover and identify with the unknown (aka Orientalism), and the so called West’s notion of the spiritual and philosophical. A Caucasian man travels through the California mountain-scape in anticipation. Soon the landscape mysteriously shifts to the sublime snowy Swiss Alps and an Asian woman appears, the ostensible portrayal of the Other – however out of reach, in the land of sand and blistering sun. The man seems to be between two worlds. Is she real or just a figment of his imagination? Allegory, romanticized landscape, and kitsch are employed to dismantle notions of the “Other”, revealing Orientalism and the fascination with the “East” as humorous perversions.
Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Visual Communications, Los Angeles, CA, 2013
encounters, exhibition, AsiaUnlimited, Gallery CON.form Architects, Berlin, Germany