Ya-chu Kang
Prayer Hood
Shatana International Artists’ Workshop Project, Jordan

Abandoned tires and uncompleted buildings are everywhere in Shatana village in Jordan. Everything seems unstable but everyday reality is hard for people to ignore. The prayer book and hood used in “Prayer Hood”present a kind of contradiction and difference. When audiences went inside the costume, they could hear voices that I recorded from people praying in the village church. At the same time, they could look down on the whole village surrounding them. They could also pray for humanity. Many pieces of rubber were cut from tires, presenting a kind of cyber being from the future, yet imbued with the tradition of the village, making the distance between reality and ideal seemingly insurmountable.
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