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The Long Season
    Installation view
    Open Home Project

Don’t Tell Your Mom
    Singing and Smile








Singing and Smile
Based on "Don't Tell Your Mother", "Sing and Smile" is a performance art created with the background and inspiration of my childhood traumatic experience of sexual abuse. This song is a very popular children's song in China. It describes the beauty, peace and love of the world from the perspective and tone of children.



The meaning of the lyrics:

When you go back home take my song with you.

But you never take your smile away.

When you go back home take my song with you.

But you never take your smile away.

Tomorrow this song will be heard,

every corner of the world,

every corner of the world.

Tomorrow this smile will be flowers,

blossom in the spring time,

blossom in the spring time.



In this performance, I put the man's blade in my mouth and sang the song "Singing and Smiling" bluntly. Men's blade is a metaphor for men and my childhood trauma. I felt physical discomfort and fear when I put it in my mouth; I melt these feeling into the song to ironically express the response to the sexual abuse I suffered in my childhood.