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White Dust from Mongolia, an unfinished film by Korean American female artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-82). Cha once wrote about her mother, a refugee in Manchuria escaping the Japanese occupation of Korea, speaking in the dark, in a whisper, in secret: 'The tongue that is forbidden is your own mother tongue.' Based on the study of Cha’s writings, storyboards, and raw footage, I transform and materialize the unfinished film shot-by-shot into interconnected objects, images, and forms, 'creating a machine — a receptacle of sensations, in which passages of memory disappear in the abstraction of pure light.' (Xiaofei Mo)

 

White Dust from Mongolia, 2017

unfired clay, ceramic, plaster, handmade glass, plexiglass, silicone, white fabric, white tape, wood board, video (30 min, data collected from the unfinished film footage White Dust from Mongolia by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, 1982)