Ten Thousand Waves (3 screen version)
2010, Three-channel video installation, 49 min 41 sec
Ten Thousand Waves was inspired by the 2004 tragedy in which more than 20 Chinese cockle pickers were drowned by incoming tides at the shore of Morecambe Bay in northwest England. Tracing these undocumented workers’ backgrounds to Fujian province in China, this three-channel installation brings together Chinese history, ancient myths and fiction into one speculative narrative. The portrayal of the sea goddess Mazu (played by Maggie Cheung), who protects fishermen at sea, is juxtaposed with the character of the prostitute in the 1930s film The Goddess (re-enacted by Zhao Tao). Also featuring a poem by Wong Ping, the work reveals the intertwined fates of the cockle pickers and the different historical lineages of the Ming Dynasty, the 20th century and contemporary China.
Courtesy of the artist, Victoria Miro, London, Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney and Galeria Nara Roesler, Sao Paulo