Still Lives (In The Americas)

Ho Tam

2003, 20:00 minutes, Colour


Divided into three segments, Still Lives (In The Americas) is a part-fiction/part-fact video about art and life. While the opening and the ending play with ideas such as kitsch and sentimentality, the central portion is a direct pairing of 10 paintings and their video counterparts. The viewers are introduced to 10 Asian men (of different age, personalities an professions) who live in North America, shown here in their everyday life. There is no urgent story except the everyday survival, of people trying to make a life out of their habitat.

In telling these stories, Still Lives emphasizes the presence of the maker by suggestion of the eyes and hands behind the painting and the video, and through his conscious interaction with his subjects. In highlighting the art making process, Still Lives exposes the artist in his search for meanings in the everyman of everyday life.

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