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

99 Needles

99 Needles

Chengyao He. 99 Needles, 2002.

Description:
When I was a child, my grandmother tried all sorts of folk cures and superstitious methods to treat my mother's mental illness.She hired spirit doctors and forced my mother to swallow Chinese and Western medicine.She even attracted the attention of several People's Liberation Army uncles from a nearby military factory. To treat my mother's illness, they held my mother down on a wooden door used as a table, while one of them stuck acupuncture needles into her. My mother lay on the door screaming and struggling. "99 Needles" is dedicated to my mother, who endured so much shameful wearing down, and as atonement because I stood as eyewitness but could not help.

Medium:
Performance

Tags:
acupuncture, Chinese medicines, mental illness, folk cures, memory, needles, relationships, China

Images
Mama and MeThe Great Wall-Magnolia-Mama and MeIllusion99 NeedlesTestimonyOn the WayPublic Broadcast Exercises

Location
Beijing, P.R.
China

Contact
310 Room, 116 Building, Huajiadixili, Chaoyang District,
Beijing, P.R.
China
chengyaohe@yahoo.com.cn

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