Raise the Red Lantern

After watching the movie Raise the Red Lantern, adapted from Su Tong’s novels, the feminist consciousness in my heart was ignited. The film tells the story of a murderous case caused by a dispute between three wives of a master,…

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After watching the movie Raise the Red Lantern, adapted from Su Tong’s novels, the
feminist consciousness in my heart was ignited. The film tells the story of a
murderous case caused by a dispute between three wives of a master, taking place
after a female college student was married into the Chen Mansion as a concubine. The
master is pleased when any wife lights red lanterns, but the red lanterns are
extinguished if the wives violate house rules. The temptation to light up a lantern
became a reason for the women to conspire and contest each other. In this work, I
used the technique of white space, keeping only red and white. The red lantern
represents a symbol of honor and desire. White symbolizes the silent struggle and
resistance of women. In this work, I speak for women in the form of recitation of
poems. I collected footage of the original film and used a paper shredder to destroy
the poems. In this work, I express the theme of feminism through the exploration of
performative publication and video installation, and the collage of movie screens and
text produces a new visual narrative.

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