Video

CUI XIUWEN / NORIKO YAMAGUCHI

CUI XIUWEN                                                                                                                                                                                                     Ladies Room, 2000 (6’ 35’’)

Cui Xiuwen’s work is based on the problems surrounding the women’s existence in our society. In Ladies Room, the main characters are a group of women in the toilet of a posh night club in Beijing dedicated to provide “night services”. Professionals who use it give a new function and a new meaning to these women toilets. There, they reveal their intimate secrets. It is interesting to highlight how the social condition is staged and, at the same time, how we interpret the work from cultural, historical and economic perspectives.

NORIKO YAMAGUCHI                                                                                                                                                                                   Peppermint Girl, 2007 (4’ 35’’)

In the video Peppermint Girl, Yamaguchi’s body appears covered by countless peppermint chewing gums. Some of these chewing gums move and shake like worms by nervous contractions. They explore her figure and go towards her eyes and the shaved parts of her belly. It’s a kind of anguishing metaphor of the transition between childhood and maturity.