When Life Becomes Materials

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installation view

In Buddhism, the body exists in the form of flesh and will finally turn into the earth after death. I am curious about the exact moment that a life is gone. I filmed the shivering dying fish and its eye. The looping videos do not manifest the boundary between life and death but freeze the fish eternally in time between dying and regenerating. The fish was finally dissected into parts in plastic bags and consumed at the end.

Using the fish as a metaphor, my work attempts to reveal the alienation of humans from nature and other species. It also questions the true meaning of death in addition to senses of compassion and indifference, especially in the post-covid era when deaths were simply represented by numbers in everyday statistics.

Watching and Being Watched, 2022
Looping digital video
0'37"

Dying Fish, 2022
Looping digital video
0'25"