On February 5, 2004, a group of undocumented Chinese immigrant workers were collecting cockles on the coast of the Morecambe Bay in northwestern England when a massive tide engulfed them, killing 21 men and women and leaving 15 survivors. Ten Thousand Waves, a film installation by Isaac Julien at the Museum of Modern Art, is based on this tragic event. The 55-minute film shows modern-day Chinese culture while countering it with ancient myths — including the fable of the goddess Mazu, which is a story that originates from the native lands of the Morecambe Bay workers. Other artists who contributed to this display include calligrapher Gong Fagen, film and video artist Yang Fudong, cinematographer Zhao Xiaoshi, and poet Wang Ping, whose poem “Small Boats” is recited in the film.
Mondays-Sundays, 10 a.m. Starts: Nov. 25. Continues through Feb. 17, 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 1, 2014