We have an exciting new addition for the opening of the "Secret Love" exhibition at the Museum of World Culture – Memory by Li Xinmo. Memory is a moving and tender performance about loss that takes physical form. Li Xinmo's work with its feminist perspective contributes additional nuances to the image of expansive and multifaceted contemporary art in China. Li Xinmo will perform Memory at the Museum of World Culture on 27 April 2013.
Li Xinmo is one of few Chinese artists who state that they are feminist and queer-artists. She dares to criticise male domination of art in China, a country that lacks the strong feminist movement that we have had in Sweden. It is hard for an HBTQ movement to achieve success without a solid feminist movement, since both require a change in the way in which we view equality. The work Memory deals with the theme of family and children. Several artists in Secret Love touch on this theme, such as Chi Peng in Mood is Never Better than Memory - February, but Li's performance can stimulate deeper reflection concerning the birth of a new life and the meaning of life.
Si Han, Curator
The artist presents her work
I hold scissors in my arms, as if they were a baby, I walk up and down, talk to the scissors in a low voice. I sit down carefully, cut the white fabric of my clothes, tear off a piece of fabric and form it to a doll. I use a brush to paint eyes, nose, mouth; I create a life, one more, and one more. While I create, I present my memories of love at a young age, and of abortion.
Some people say that aborted fetuses cannot enter paradise; they can only wander through the world filled with sorrow. They will always return and seek their mother. The mother lives in self-blame with a guilty conscience, full of melancholy and pain, weeping without knowing why.
Finally, my clothes are in tatters, I lean forwards, tears fall onto the dolls.
I have given form to these children, I hope that their souls - lost far too early - will find their own bodies, that they no longer shall weep.
What I present is a performance, but it is also a ceremony for reconciliation and regret. Wounds in my life are healed through the performance and the ceremony, physical memories return, experience of life returns, deeper than the events. The form is European-American - one-man theatre, possibly of a homosexual or coloured person, who is both director and performer, an actor who plays himself or herself.