100 days, 7-7
3 videos, documents, photo installation, 2014
The project "100 Days, 7-7" simultaneously correspond with reality. The artist has a time frame during the creating process. She restricted herself to complete each piece of the work every 7 days, which is the most important feature and irreplaceable value of the exhibition. At 5:17AM, 23th February, 2014, Hsin-Yi HO's grandfather passed on and she attempts to perform the first one hundred days of mourning rituals for her beloved family member through an art exhibition. These one hundred days are typically a very traditional mourning ceremony, but the artist's family approaches the rituals with a unique interpretation. This whole exhibition focuses on the grieving process and reflecting upon the grandfather's life, while providing an interactive channel to fulfill the ceremony. Meanwhile, we can also see that Japanese culture rooted into Taiwan since the colonization and Taiwan's social transformation through reviewing the life of a man who lived almost one century. This is the first time that Hsin-yi HO utilizes photographs as the main part of her creation. Since she usually employs video as creative material, the photographs presented in the exhibition are more like screenshots of her film. Documenting this unique approach of mourning, the artist records all of her family's deeds for her grandfather within 7 weeks after he passes away in the project "7-7"- a homophone for "mourning" in Chinese. During the first one hundred days, Taiwanese belief is that within the first 49 days (7 weeks, each 7 days as a ritual cycle) the deceased shall be memorialized so that he/she will be blessed in the next world. Video presentation, texts, and photographs reveal strong ties of intimate relationships and familial affection, an irreplaceable part of Hsin-yi HO's artworks. Hopefully, this evokes an inner-dialogue between the audience and their loved ones.

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