Ting-Ting Cheng is a London based artist from Taiwan. In her practice, she applies images, sound, video, objects, actions and participations to form installations, performances, walks, games, interactions and interventions. Cheng is interested in our relationship with the society in terms of our identity and history - how politics, race and culture interplay with each other within as well as between different social groups. In her recent projects, she reinterpreted archival and found materials to construct new narratives in the current context.
t's fine, you can talk to me (2012)
Installation of 13-channelled video and prints
In It’s fine, you can talk to me, I intended to transform the negativity of language barrier between immigrants and local residents into a positive connection. During my artist in residency in GlogauAIR, Berlin, I used advertisements with tear-off stripes and social networks to invite local residents from Germany to tell me a secret in German, the language that I cannot understand. The processes of revealing secrets were documented by video, but without audio.
In this case, the participants shared their secrets with me, but without worrying that anyone, including me, would know or judge. The secrets still remain as secrets. I intend to narrow down the gap between outsiders and local residents, encouraging people to open their hearts to a stranger/foreigner. Here, the person who cannot understand one’s language becomes the person that one can trust.