Echo from HERstory ─ Solo Exhibition of Orlando Huang
Echo from HERstory describes the creating process of the project.
It was when the western sexual discourses had not been introduced. As a woman who likes women, A-Bao had a hard time identifying herself in that conservative and repressive time. The project demonstrates how her special temperament as a lesbian was presented at that time.
The project began with the life history of A-Bao. A-Bao was born in 1938. In the 60s, she and her lesbian friends broke free from the conservative limitations with their own strength. Such female life experiences had never existed in our memories about the women of the 1960s. To me, gender is never an issue. Instead, it is a perspective for us to interpret our own culture.
Due to my academic background, I conducted my field research with sociological methods. During the process, certain contradictions emerged between the rational methodology and the sensitive art carrier. I asked myself what exactly I wished to understand during the project. As I was writing and reorganizing the film segments, I realized that I had been seeking for the "emotional logic". Emotions and logic can be on the opposite sides. Emotions are not necessarily logical. They are the human instinct and must exist in the society. However, the society is constituted by the objective and practical logic. In short, logic has the power over people. Emotions and logic conflict yet compromise with each other constantly. Emotions are often expressed beyond the logic blueprint of the society. The ideological contexts behind the overflowing emotions are exactly something I had always wished to understand more. Such contexts allow me to understand the culture that I am a part of better. The contexts may have existed in my everyday life. However, I had not been able to recognize them since they were often taken for granted. Also, the inability of recognition is derived from the fact that the contexts are often perceptions that are indescribable. They need to be reviewed and re-imagined through the creative processes.
Both The Desire to Live and The Family Portrait initiated this program which is about the reflection of gender. Two films re-imagine the narratives of these life histories. Good night! My rebel girls! attempts to observe the social norms at that time from the perspective of genders. It presents how these lesbians found the heterotopias they belonged to within the norms. Goodbye, my youth, on the other hand, shows how overflowing emotions found their support outside the logic blueprint of the society. As it turned out, the support came from the folk religions that complement the social system.
I addressed a question to the past, the memory and the history. I never asked for any reply. Surprisingly, I heard echoes from the past somehow.