by Mareike Muller in New Art on Friday 13 December 2013

What could life be like after we die? An interesting question thought the Chinese artist duo, Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, who created a huge gel and fiberglass installation based on a 14 minute video interview with Peng Yu’s mother. In the short video, she tells us about how her rebirth would be. Inspired by her story, the artists created their most recent work – If I Die, a two-element piece comprised of video and installation.

The installation itself consists of a flying elderly woman holding a giant manta ray on a leash followed by a swarm of parrots. Yuan and Yu often discuss issues like ‘perception, death and the human condition’ in their work, sometimes by using very uncommon materials, like human fat tissues or baby cadavers.