Joan
Nina Yuen, 2009, 2'55''

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Nina Yuen creates associative and playful video works which are a combination of performance and collage, connecting personal and collective memory. In 'Joan', the artist draws a connection between the biography of Joan of Arc – the French heroine who was burned at the stake on the accusation of heresy at the alleged age of 19 – and the voluntary death of moths flying into light bulbs, quoting the poem 'The Lesson of the Moth' by Don Marquis. Illustrated with images of burning moths, a cut-out woman and the artist enacting Joan of Arc, this film is a poetic reflection on the fragility and meaning of life: “it is better to be happy / for a moment / and be burned up with beauty / than to live a long time / and be bored all the while”...

  • Date: 2009
  • Length: 2'55''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: poetry, narrative, fiction (artwork genre), performance (artwork genre)
  • Keywords: death, feminism, history, life