Chant of 21 > "Seances for the Living > Group show and performance curated by Sophie Le-Phat Ho, Ronald Rose-Antoinette > SBC Gallery (Montreal) > 2018
A hungry ghost is a lost spirit in the afterlife. Lingering in limbo, they are the forgotten ones who receive no gifts of remembrance, no invocations from the living, no space in history. In the patriarchal cosmology of Chinese tradition, this realm is reigned over by the hungry ghosts of unwanted daughters, lost to the forced abortions of China’s One Child Policy. The Chant of 21 is a performance and installation dedicated to 21 unnamed infant bodies washed ashore in the riverbanks of the Guangfu River to build kinship that exceeds borders between the living and dead, socialist China and the diaspora. Reworking the Chinese tradition of burning gifts to ancestors, this seance positions the hungry ghost, the matriarch and sisterhood in the center of a sacred filial ritual.