Warm Spell (2018) was commissioned by Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and the University of Salford Art Collection. The work will enter both institutions' holdings through a joint acquisition.
The other two films featured in the exhibition are Provocation of the Nightingale (2017) and Snow Country (2013).
Provocation of the Nightingale (2017) shows a meditative, intimate conversation performed by two women sitting together on the floor of a dark theatre space. One woman is the manager of a commercial DNA testing services; the other a Buddhist teacher of meditation. As they search for common ground from their differing perspectives the conversation becomes physical and loving.
The third video work exhibited - Snow Country (2013) - engages with the trauma of women being violated during the Second World War. 'Comfort Women' was a term given to women involved in the systemic structure of sexual slavery created by the Japanese military. Soft, pillowy snow falls over serene and idyllic scenes, with a soundscape made from harrowing accounts of women who were victims of the tumultuous times of war.
This exhibition in Gallery 1, runs alongside an exhibition of new paintings by artist Faye Wei Wei continuing CFCCA's Concepts of Gender Season.
Both shows are curated by Tiffany Leung.