作品《爸爸》是一个双屏三幕影像短片，讲述了一个在黑 夜中惊醒的人失去了双眼，而一个自称是“爸爸”的人要带 他到外面去找眼睛所发生的事…… 此作品的第一幕影片是受2020年2月的新冠肺炎事件影响为反映疫情而诞生的。
“Father” is a two-screens, three-acts short film about a man who wakes up in the dark and a self-proclaimed “father” takes him out and shows him what is happening… This first act was born in February 2020 as a way to reflect about the new pandemic.
The work Father tells the story of a man who realizes to have has lost his sight after getting up suddenly. He calls the name “Father” in the dark – then a man enters by breaking the window. Father tells this man to go together to look for his lost eyes. As a consequence of his blindness, the man can’t do anything but to rely on Father……
By Chen Li
Father is Luo Qiang’s latest work of video art. There, the artist tells the story of a man who suddenly realizes, after waking up, that he’s gone blind. He calls for “father” in the dark: A man then enters by breaking the window-glass. This figure suggests the man that they should go look for his eyes. For the man can’t see anything that happens around him, he has only one choice: Relying on “father.”
Father was created by Luo Qiang during the outbreak of Covid-19. In this period, just like them man in his room, we have been isolated from the rest of the world. Social distancing transformed our lives at different levels, from influencing how we can travel nationally and internationally, to how we can practice urban spaces and even our personal enclosures. The pandemic has broken the continuity of the world: We are blind in front of a phenomenon which we can’t fully comprehend in its global scale. Just like a blind person, we are left in the darkness, powerless, incapable of navigating a world that has all of sudden became unknown to us. Who is “father”? Where does he want to take us? Should we trust him?
“We want to wake up from this dream and see the world as it was. But we are blind. Where should we go?”
With its ethereal atmosphere and its surreal narrative, Father suggests us that the outbreak is like a dream – or, perhaps, even better, a nightmare. Just like Henry Fuseli’s The Nightmare, we are all asleep, surrounded by what appear as monstrous creatures. The broken sense of temporality that we experience in quarantine just reinforces that feeling: A time flow that is always present but that, at the same time, goes nowhere. Why did this happen? Denial leaves space to anger. Anger makes room for bargaining: Can a magic spell take us back to 2019? We want to wake up from this dream and see the world as it was. But we are blind. Where should we go?
But the power lies in acceptance. “There is only one heroism in the world,” Romain Rolland writes, “to see the world as it is and to love it.” What can we do now? Perhaps it’s time to trust “father,” to trust another, and to go look for our eyes.
In 2005 graduated from the Beijing Arts and Crafts School majoring in drawing.
In 2009 graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Art with a bachelor’s degree.
Now lives in Beijing.
Beijing Darwin Project, N3 Gallery, Beijing, China
Future citizen, Moshang Gallery, Beijing, China
Light Shimmering, Shadow Flickering, Fuyan Commune, Beijing
Creator, No.23 Shijia Hutong, ONE festival , Beijing, China
The Illusionary, Mingtai Space, Beijing, China
The exhibition of annual of contemporary art of China, Beijing Mingsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China
Stèles, Ying space, Beijing, China
Amitabha Boundless Buddha, Migrnant Bird Space, Beilin, Germany
GeKA, The Migration of Fission, Kommunale Galerie, Berlin, Germany
What makes our lives so different, N3 Gallery, Beijing, China
Guns and Roses, kunstraum Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany