My past work on women and their private lives inspired me to explore fascinating topic: women in today’s China.I wanted to look at the paradox of China as a society in extraordinary transition and yet still deeply embedded in tradition and to see how the communist revolution, with its vision of the nobility of physical labor and emphasis on gender equality, left its mark on women's and personal identity in a changing China. I have focused on women of minorities with an emphasis on the extraordinary situation of Muslim women in China and a unique Chinese ethnic minority living within the boundaries of western China the Mosuo women –one of the last matriarchal societies existing in our world.
This project divided to 6 series:
Backyard • Muslim women
Factory • Tile Factory Women
Street • Shangri- La’s pedestrian women
Lake • Matriarchal society women
Mountain • Women living by the mountains
Land • Farmers women
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Pleated Skirt ①
① Pleated skirt is traditional apparel by women of Yi nationality, who mainly live in the mountainous regions in southwestern China.
Aku Wuwu (1964--- )
Translated by Wen Peihong (1969--- )
to compare thee to rosy clouds;
To compare thee to a fall leaf.
Woman of Yi,
knit my steady gaze
into a pleated skirt—
profound as the forest,
a holy paradise for the poultry and beasts,
that the ancestors could never name.
you are a waterfall no one can see through
like the ridge way, extending far away.
Woman of Yi,
knit my never rottened soul
into a pleated skirt---
In the pleated life of mine, pick
the last astringent fruit
in this world,
to consecrate to the forefathers.
Only a woman,---a woman’s body,
a purely perfect reincarnation,
Oh, my pleated skirt!