Sylvie Boisseau, Frank Westermeyer

Chinese is a Plus

The video installation “Chinese an Advantage” by Sylvie Boisseau and Frank Westermeyer is situated in a language school in Stuttgart. Within the same location, and in the same language, we experience different goals in Chinese language courses: German adults extend the meaning of their identity, while children from Chinese backgrounds (re-)construct the feeling of belonging to their culture. The observer follows the language students in two projections; their personally written dialogues express a view of the foreign country of China and demonstrate historical, social and literary references. The design of the book illustrates the dialectics of both positions as well as the reciprocal direction of migration movements using exhibition shots and video stills. The essays by an author from Germany and an author from Hong Kong discuss cultural, artistic and performative aspects.
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Sylvie Boisseau, Frank Westermeyer

May 2009

ISBN 978-3-86678-305-8

29,00 × 16,30 cm

80 pages

43 colored illustrations

Gatefold Brochure, bound, without dust jacket, without Schuber

Languages: German, English

by Sylvie Boisseau und Frank Westermeyer preface by Cornelia Erdmann authors Katrin Mundt and Yeung Yang

The illustrated book was published accompanying numerous exhibitions worldwide: among others 2009 Hong Kong, Stuttgart, Duisburg, Toronto; 2010 Museo de Artes Visuales, Santiago de Chile; 2011 Kunstmuseum Bern.