My Saltiness in the Land series
The portfolio My Saltiness in the Land includes four recent projects about how my identity has been diluted into the broader body of water after I lost a sense of belongingness both in my hometown and overseas.
I was born in Ningbo, which is an important port city in southern China. So water becomes the keyword of my life, and I use the word Saltiness to refer to my identity. It introduces self-identity as a kind of variable concentration rather than a simple yes-or-no question.
Title: Only Drowning Men Could See Him
It is a photo installation about how I found salvation from the reflection of myself in water, which gives me a clue where my identity goes. The flowing water purifies my lost identity by isolating me from the external world and therefore bringing me back to the mother’s womb. Photos of natural scenes and personal trace are also included as evidence of my existence in the external world. I’m undefined and ready to be re-defined in water. The photo installation can be seen from different angles since photos are (in)visible in water reflection.