Shu Lea Cheang
USA/JAPAN, 1995, 3⁄4’’UMATIC>DIGITAL, 5 MIN
Coming Home introduces a Japanese-Australian couple whose fate is in the hands of the immigration process. The work concludes with a game of Hanafuda (Japanese: Flower Cards) a Japanese card game often used for gambling. The game mirrors the reality of the couple’s fate, and draws a connection between the act of gambling and divination as an exercise in a hopeful investment for one’s future.
Shu Lea Cheang is an artist and filmmaker whose work aims to re-envision genders, genres, and operating structures, and builds social interface with transgressive plots and open networks that permit public participation. She represented Taiwan with 3x3x6, a mixed media installation at Venice Biennale 2019. She is at work on UKI (2009-2022), a viral alt-reality cinema with a CNC/DICRéAM (France) development fund and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2020).