Performance: 20’ at Sotheby’s Institute of Art
In "Noodled Pioneers", Pei-Ling Ho and Emily Smith use their bodies and objects as vehicles to reflect and rethink the complex identities in the US as women and witnesses. From two perspectives and backgrounds, they respond to the same anxieties and confusion through nationality and daily lives.
Pei-Ling Ho’s movements and practices, respond to her experience as a Taiwanese who has moved to and is now living in the United States. She has grown up with a mixture of significant cultural influence. Most of her family have American dreams, having stayed or studied in the US. Looking at the bigger picture, she explores the relationship of US and her country from the outbreak of the Korean War. After accepting US aid, Taiwan successfully moved from “dependent” to "independently sustained growth” which changed the whole society in a variety of ways. She uses movement and objects to rethink these influences on her country and bring up issues of how individuals live and change within the system.
For Emily Smith’s practice, she wants to combat the notion of individualism that America is founded on. Not only does this notion contribute nationalism, but it is also a notion that she struggles with personally as a woman in America. She instinctually protect her individualism as a way to protect her independence in a country still largely dominated by the patriarchy. In the piece, she'll explore the myth of independence and individualism in America as an American Woman.
photo credit: Pratya Jankong