Tong Zhou Lafrance, (Re)wound Timeline II, 2021
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Artist: Tong Zhou Lafrance
Title: (Re)wound Timeline II
Medium: photo-montage using full frame stills from video footage shot in 1999, Anhui, China (printed on mat paper)
Dimensions: 35.5 x 27.9 cm (14" H x 11" W)
Edition: /5, numbered and signed
Although in Western society, there are now several academic studies carried by anthropologists about international adoption from China after the legal approval in 1991, the lack of access related to the past remains a fairly uncommon topic voiced by Chinese adoptees themselves in contemporary art. By accumulating reconstructed landscapes of the past, (Re)wound Timeline series opens a conversation about the necessity of returning to a frozen moment in time when it no longer holds the same meaning nor the same name in the present. It examines the cultural barrier where the host culture and native culture often conflict and where they both fail to account for the confusion, frustration and shame related to this furtive cultural uprooting that is transnational adoption.