象征 March of the Elephants (2022), Single-Channel Video (color, sound), 41'21"
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.
This work is commissioned by Guangdong Times Museum.