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Yixuan Shao ︎

Untitled (Gleaners)

2020, 35mm film projector, found film slides, found text.

How does the archive accumulate and disperse over time? How is it preserved? At what price? What does an object undergo when it is purchased, acquired, found, stolen? And how is its identiy changed, destroyed, erased?

The artist holds collection of an archive of film slides containing of a missionary group/family traveling around the world between 1950-1970s. Of course, the information about their journeys is unobtainable, except for her scrabbles of  interpretation of each film box’s label of date, locaiton, and the word text “keep but do not show” on the archival boxes that contained the films. The text is then carved onto a slide copy of Jean-François Millet’s painting, The Gleaners. 

Only when the audience positions their hand in front of the projector lens, they could begin to read into the orgin of these objects and the obsessive relationship the artists holds with her found materials.