Performance: 3 May – 7 May & 5 July -18 Aug, 2013
Duration: 6 hours a day, 5 days a week
Lilith Performance Studio presents two six weeks long interactive performances by the artists Yingmei Duan and Donna Huanca at Malmö Konsthall in the exhibition – 24 SPACES – a cacophony.
Through a small doorway you step into Duan’s poetic wonderland, which is enacted in a dark forest glade, where Duan herself is standing and handing out handwritten wishes and requests, one by one, to the visitors. Happy Yingmei is inspired by Oscar Wilde’s fairytale The Happy Prince – a story about a golden statue that befriends a swallow. Together they bring happiness to others, in life as well as in death.
Happy Yingmei was produced by Lilith Performance Studio and first shown at Lilith Performance Studio’s Performance Event in 2011. The performance has also been shown at the Hayward Gallery in London 2012 and at the 19th Biennale of Sydney in 2014.
Yingmei Duan (born in 1969 in Daqing, China, lives and works in Braunschweig, Germany) uses herself in her performances, and her history and her isolation. She constructs tragic-comical scenarios where sexuality, through a not quite accepted female image, has a central place. She often challenges both herself and the audience in her works.
Duan had a solo production Rubbish City in May 2008 at Lilith, where Duan staged a dystopian catastrophe in. Even there she put herself and her dreams in the centre, lost in a wasteland of ten tons of garbage.