As a continuation of (Zoë)
To continue the project “Zoë” in Taiwan, artist Ting-Ting Cheng invited immigrants based here to recite extracts from the interviews of the performers she worked with in Paris.
“Zoë” includes a dual-channelled video installation and a publication revisiting the book “Last Words from Montmartre” by Qiu MiaoJin, a self-identified lesbian Taiwanese writer based in Paris between 1992 and 1995. The book was comprised of letters written by Qiu a week before her suicide at age 26 in her room in Montmartre, Paris. During Cheng’s artist residency in Paris, Cheng invited female immigrants in Paris to read the letters extracted from the book in their mother languages at locations where Zoë, the protagonist of the book, visited.
As a continuation, the interviews with the performers in Taiwan were also documented. These stories about female immigrants around the world will continue to be written and read, perpetuated through the act of citation – the Speech Act of vocalising words. This project aspires to evoke and connect within the realm of departed lives, to reestablish relationships within seemingly isolated individual circumstances.