Time: 2017/12/16 16:00
Venue: RMCA WORKSHOP
Stored-Story Body-Archive (2015/17) was initially created during an Artist Residency at Mill6 Foundation in Hong Kong, where Mariana Hahn became captivated by the story of the Zishunü（自梳女）the so-called 'self-wedded women' silk workers of the Pearl River Delta, who chose to retain their independence by refusing to marry. Some had fled to Hong Kong in the 1940s, and two were rumored to still live on Lantau Island. Hahn went there to see what traces she could find, happening also to meet one of the last of the old ‘Tanka’ (蜑家) Boat Dwellers who fish from
the island. This installation contrasts the stories and crafts of these people with our current state of cultural amnesia and careless disregard for past traditions. The ‘Tanka’ are forbidden to work beyond the threatening pylons of the newly constructed Hong Kong - Macau Bridge, and the
waters surrounding Lantau have become so polluted that fishermen are no longer able to catch enough fish. Crafts, memories and human values are irrevocably lost in the mindless march of progress. For this exhibition, Mariana Hahn brings her journey full circle: travelling to Guangzhou,
to the origins of the Zishunü sisterhood in the Pearl River Delta, she continues the research she began in Hong Kong, following the path of these remarkable women back to their roots. During an Artist Residency at RMCA, she is also developing a new performance piece, creating her own
story as an independent woman artist following in the footsteps of the Zishunü silk workers of the Pearl River Delta.