I am sorry write to you so long time.I left Qiuzhuang more than one month, I worked on 2 shows and a lecture,the other time I taked care of my wife her body was not good(now she is good,don’t worry.),and I worked on the drawings about Qiuzhuang Project.
It’s winter when I came back to Qiuzhaung. Qiuzhuang just like you see them on Facebook,the leaves down and left branches only, the village return to the gray.But our art work‘s glamours come back------ beautiful colors and flashing lights broke the village’s gray,we can feel the vitality of the village. I can find the vitality from the art works unless the brilliant children. I can looked at the village keep a distance when I left the village.I had talked with you that this project was a project about time.At first,we recorded the village liked a tourist,we filmed the funeral, celebration of baby’s born,wedding,people working in the wood workshop,people working in the field......we filmed raining,sunset and winds.After several months,we found nothing to record,it’s like we have recorded all things.Late,people will invited us to film them on the funerals and weddings,but we were weary of this works.But now,I realize that the time we talked just embody on these repeat things.People were repeated same works,but they went through seasons;Someone past,someone born,the village went through hundreds year even thousands year.It’s looks repeat in everything,but which thing is real repeating?Every time is different,every time is new.We start record the village and the art works with these learnings.
I have to stop the work on “Qiuzhuang History” after some interviews,I haven’t enough time worked on it as I focus on the copy works and the other thing around Qiuzhuang Project.I can not get more from the interviews,it’s vacancy before Minguo(1900),it’s blurry before new China(1949).I do not know how to work and how to continu it.Recently I found the “Fengxian County History” and read it,I think I can find some informations from it.I will worked on it when I finish the copy works near Spring Festival.
We have finished near 300hours video tapes and thousands photos until now,it’s for a documentary and a exhibition include video and photograph.I will work on them after Spring Festival,it’s need more than half a year.I start be invited to introduce Qiuzhuang in some exhibitions and lectures,so I keep thinking how to face the new place and new audience when the project left Qiuzhuang.For me,what is my experience for Qiuzhuang?How can I use these experience?I like a bridge between Qiuzhuang and outside,it’s be connected by the bridge. I planed take a talking performance with Na Yingyu in AM ARTSPACE in Shanghai end of this month,we will talk bout the economy of Qiuzhaung Project.The account and statistics are presented to the public as the project’s extension.
How we can put the project come back to Van Abbemuseum?Can we put the copy’s records display in the museum together with the originals?What’s relationship with them?Can we display the big size images of Qiuzhuang Project into the corner and public space in the Eindhoven like the art works were dispersed in the village?Can we present these different documentary in the museum from me,Na Yingyu and Sari(We will share the all videos tapes)?Can we make a publication around a series articles,talkings,letters and diaries?
I am entangled with the problem of the library.My father start think it’s not importante to the village because a few people came to library,he care of money into the library.I know the library have small number readers as I was out of village.I hope the library can stay in here next year until the the house have to move as new road. My family gave me more help when I came back,but it’s still give me strong hinder for my free and independence.I must leave them a period time for their relaxing and gasping.
The villagers still talk about the new road and removal,but we haven’t have the notice from the government.