“I snuggle into the wedding chamber from my tomb bed my shin is the lintel
I snuggle into the tomb bed from my wedding chamber my hair is the quilt the spirit-guiding streamer”
The couplet is embroidered on the hanging “spirit-guiding streamer” reminiscent of a typical Chinese funeral decor, which contrasts the red veil that typically covers the head of a Chinese bride. Referring to the ghost marriage tradition that is still practised in rural China, the performance installation delineates an underground space of a tomb, in which the performer meets the corpse-bride through a wedding make-up ritual that cannot be captured by the medium of the infrared camera.
“She hears vaguely a pre-recorded wailing from above the ground. Whether a funeral should be rehearsed or improvised still puzzles her. Her wedding colludes with a funeral that’s not hers. It is no coincidence that the active yang refers to males and the receptive yin refers to females. She is manufactured into a corpse bride to fulfil the sweet promise: To fertilise his reincarnation.”
I Snuggle Into The Tomb Bed From My Wedding Chamber,
My Hair Is The Quilt The Spirit-guiding Streamer