The Starchild


The Starchild – A Performative experiment.

The Starchild Project consist of a row of performative pieces circulating on the topic Transnational Adoption as modern colonization.

The starchild is pain.
Investigates Gravity, Stars, Coloniality, Fragility, Flesh and Pain.
Concept and performative figure: Yong Sun Gullach
Photos by Mayra Navarette. 

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 focusing on the female body and the commodification of her womb and sexuality.

Presented at:
Performance Art Festival Transistors meetings, Warehouse 9, Copenhagen 6th of October 2018
curated by Hvid[mə] Archive at Gallery |meter|, Copenhagen 10th of June 2017