The Star Child Project
– A Performative experiment, by Yong Sun Gullach
The Star Child project is part of a series of art expressions, circulating on the topic Transnational Adoption as modern colonization.
A female figure draped in white silk. Her body pierced with needles, attached with large transparent spherical objects, each filled with items and objects carrying a colonial reference linked to the global East.
The female figure attempts to move the body and objects in a room without harming her skin, that might be easily torn by the needles. She pulls silk threads from her dress to bind herself to the audience. A balance between the visual aesthetics and bodily discomfort, a balance between stereotypical projections and body reality.
The performance aims to investigate the ritual-burden that the colonialized body experience, by attaching objects that hinders a balance and movement. The experiment investigates the material, the audience and the body that leave traces – a bodily mark-a scar- scarification. The tactility of the materials both shapes and carry a clear reference to the colonization of Southeast and East Asia.
Photos by Mayra Navarette.