Translation 6: Shuang Shuang Yan

Francesco Gagliardi

2008, 48:34 minutes, colour, English, Cantonese, Mandarin


This video is based on an ongoing series of video performances exploring the negotiations, slippages in meaning, misunderstandings, and power dynamics involved in any process of translation – understood literally as the actual translation of a text, or more broadly as the trans-coding of a literal, visual or performative text into a different medium.

In Translation 6: Shuang Shuang Yan, a Chinese-Canadian family gathered around the dinner table translates the text of a song while consuming an elaborate dinner. The song, a Mao-era tale of love and autarchy, was used as part of a 1959 Chinese film entitled Where is our Home?

The video is also part of the installation
Translations and Mental Tasks (Versions B and C).

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