using one’s feet has become an option of last resort II

4-channel video installation
Installation view Berlin Bishkek Artweeks, 2023

Drawing upon the artist’ vivid recollections of motorbike rides in Vietnam in her childhood, the four-channel video installation delves into the exploration of diasporic memories. It brings these memories to life through a protagonist depicted in the video with a speculative narrative.

Motorbike culture has emerged as an emblem of contemporary Vietnam, symbolizing the country’s transition towards capitalism since the mid-1980s. By delving into discourses surrounding consumerism, mobility, gender, and class identity, the work deconstructs Vietnam’s motorbike sun-protective-garments, transforming it into “wearable sculptures.” Through this transformative process, the project presents a tool for agency.

Photos: Max Eulitz