Lost in translation
Video installation, sound, dimension variable
Werkwarenhuis, Den Bosch, NL / Galerie SK, Solingen, DE
2020/2022



“Do we exchange information or emotions, feeling, etc., into effect even if we do not speak the same mother language?”
The idea comes from my previous job experience; I worked in an international Swiss artist residency program in Shanghai. I have spent time with many foreign artists from 6 months to 2 years. We are not able to speak our mother language. Thus, I often doubt that we have communicated.
I collected the “traces” from artists in residency by coincidence: a piece of their artwork, a music clip they made, a photo, or even a note or a tissue…I keep them carefully. After I resigned from my job, I contacted them through the social app (as they are already back in their countries). I requested them to answer three questions in their mother language. Then I translated the answer with a video(s) or photo(s) I made by the traces I collected. I didn’t use translation.