Perhaps, She Comes From/To ____ Alang

Performance: Anchi Lin [Ciwas Tahos] / Atayal language consultant: Apang Bway (劉芝芳) / Voice contributors: Apang Bway (劉芝芳), Yukan Maray (林孝緒), Yukan Masa (許雍) / Virtual technician: Wei-Hsuan Hung (洪偉瑄)

  • Double-channel HD Video, sound, colour, duration 11 mins 23 secs (looped), 2020


Perhaps, She Comes From/To ____ Alang weaves together three different narratives to re-examine queerness, gender, oral history, and displacement from land lost. The inspiration draws from the oral narrative that connects the relationship between bees and the land in the telling of the place of Temahahoi and another story concerning brass pots gifted to the tribal community members by the colonizers addresses issues related to the resulting infertility amongst many Indigenous people. This work engages with environmental issues, particularly the plight of bees, by intertwining the close relationship between the imbalanced ecology and quiet queer bodies. Continuing and combining these oral herstories, Ciwas desires to have a specific qalang landmark, by creating a virtual land in the space of the Internet. To pin forward towards an Internet address that uses the Internet space to expand knowledge and connections beyond the soil and into the cloud.

* Alang or qalang means tribe or community in pan-Atayal language.

This work was supported by 2020 Pulima Art Festival - Taiwan Indigenous Peoples Cultural Foundation.

Live performance piece dependent on location

Double-channel video stills, 2020