CAROL MAN

Chinese X Jewish cultures

Sukkah

Neon sign, woven polypropylene bag, reused billboard vinyl

Year 2021

Size 200 * 200 * 200cm

Part of Little Albert Joint Exhibition

A sukkah is a hut or tent-like structure in which Jews are supposed to dwell during the week-long celebration of Sukkot.  This is one of the three pilgrimage festivals of the Jewish year commemorates the temporary sanctuary during their 40 years of wandering in the desert after escaping from slavery in Egypt. 

In this small booth I built using packaging bags and billboard vinyl, there is a neon sign that writes, “​​亲包袱离你越来越近了”, which literally means, “Dear, your baggage is getting closer”, ironically stating that individuals nowadays seek sanctuary through over-consumption.  This term comes from the shipment transit time after a transaction is made on Taobao, an e-commerce platform connecting manufacturers in China and individual consumers. 包裹 (parcel) indicated in the original shipping message is replaced by 包袱 (baggage), an intangible but very real emotional weight burdened upon us due to unresolved issues or traumas from previous experiences or relationships.

住棚

霓虹燈、尼龍袋、廣告帆布

年份 2021

大小 200 * 200 * 200cm

住棚結構類似帳篷,是猶太人在為期一周的住棚節的短暫棲息之所。住棚節是猶太年的三個朝聖節之一,以紀念他們逃離埃及奴隸制之後在沙漠中流浪四十年時的臨時庇護所。

這個小棚我用了物流袋和廣告帆布,上面放著一個霓虹燈「亲包袱离你越来越近了」,諷刺地指出我們以過度消費尋求庇護。曾在淘寶購物的觀眾不會對此語陌生,不過原句的「包裹」在這裏變為「包袱」,表達了我們承受著未解決的感情遺憾。

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