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象征 March of the Elephants (2022), Single-Channel Video (color, sound), 41'21"

澜沧江流域是亚洲象的传统栖息地,而在傣语中,“澜沧”本就意味着“百万大象”。大象因其体量,一再被赋予超越其自身的象征。而这些象征层层叠加,穿越时代,反过来遮蔽了大象自身。录像“象征”试图通过在不同历史语境中大象与现实的遭遇,回观诸物与话语之间的纠葛,以及它们如何共同穿越历史,建构出新的现实。

The Lancang River basin is the traditional habitat of the Asian elephant, and in the Dai language, 'Lancang' originally means 'million elephants'. Because of their size, elephants have repeatedly been given symbols that transcend their own. And these symbols are layered on top of each other, traveling through time and in turn obscuring the elephants themselves. Through the encounter between elephants and external in different historical contexts, the video March of the Elephants (象=image/elephant, 征=represent/march, while 象征 means symbol, and also means 'march of the elephants' ) attempts to look back at the entanglement between things and discourses, and how together they traverse history to construct new realities.

 

本作品由广东时代美术馆委任。

This work is commissioned by Guangdong Times Museum.

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