Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Chengyao He

Mama and Me

Mama and Me

Chengyao He. Mama and Me, 2001.

"Mama and Me" was created in the summer of 2001. After "Opening the Great Wall," I returned to my hometown to see my mother. When I arrived, she sat quietly on a stool at one side of the courtyard, half naked and playing with a rotten apple. I stood behind her and also took off my top. That was the first time my mother and I ever had our picture taken together. The photo allowed me to squarely face my family's history of insanity that I had carefully hidden and avoided for so long, to reaffirm the family line that connects me and my mother, and to partially satisfy a yearning of more than thirty years to support, touch, and embrace her.


child, hometown, motherhood, insanity, mother, family, China

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Beijing, P.R.

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Beijing, P.R.

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