93 Years, 1383 Days (2008)
As in Spring Comes Winter After, this video utilizes the visuals of death rituals as a vehicle to connect with the past. It’s a personal film of my grandmother’s bone-cleaning and reburial ceremony, bốc mộ, carried out nearly four years after her death, can be seen – perhaps – as a performance of the life-to-death transition. Watching her remains being unearthed, each bone cleaned one by one, and then reburied, I felt this Vietnamese custom to be gentle for both the dead and the living.
Single channel video, 30 mins, color, sound
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