When lives are connected, there is strength; but they also erode each other. Every scar has a story, and each story has a different weight. Will we finally be exhausted or more "down-to-earth" when we bear these weights along?
Words from “Landlord”
It is said that some areas in the city have not been exposed to sunlight for a long time, and these shaded areas are located at the bottom of the city, which are the places closest to the ground. It is said that the lives there are simple and authentic, confronting birth, old, sickness and death every day. With the long-term lack of sunlight, the "lives" of the residents there are particularly heavy. It is said that earthquakes have caused groundwater to pour out of the ground in recent years, and rapids have formed in the shaded areas. Not only the residents of the area but also various people who fell from the upper floors due to the earthquake are drawn into the rapids. Some people try to go against the current step by step with all their strength; some look down at the position of their feet, stand firm, neither move forward nor back; some turn their backs to the water, find a balance in a more labour-saving way, and float along with the current for a while when tired. Of course, some people swim away from the rapid regardless of the cost and go ashore as soon as possible. On the contrary, the "lives" of the residents there are so heavy that they can walk in the rapid and live as usual.
The story above – which may have existed in a place like a parallel universe where we cannot see – may have been waiting long to be seen.
Rico Wu @Ricochet Ensemble
Workshop Instructor & Exhibition Curator of The Weight of Life
Workshop Instructor & Exhibition Curator: Rico Wu
Workshop Coordinator: Elaine Cheung
Curator Assistant: Isabel Chan