Chinese X Jewish cultures
Neon sign, woven polypropylene bag, reused billboard vinyl
Size 200 * 200 * 200cm
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.
大小 200 * 200 * 200cm