The work was open for online viewing between December 20 – January 6.
“Blanket Song” (00:04:46) by Long Xi Vlessing, Canada, 2022
My 奶奶 (nainai, grandmother) isn’t an avid writer, but she writes stories in her own way: sewing them into her blankets and quilts. In Blanket Song, she faintly narrates her creations, and I regard them up close with the warped glass lens of my broken camera, a laptop webcam, and a clunky Xerox scanner. If quilts are the most analogue, hands-on medium, the visuality of this short document seeks to reflect a similar nature.
Long Xi Vlessing (b. 2000) (龙喜) is a filmmaker, photographer, and multidisciplinary artist from Vancouver, British Columbia who lives and works on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including that of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations, as well as in Tiohtià:ke / Montréal, Quebec on the unceded territory of the Kanien’keha:ka. His work is presented as explorative document, weaving personal narrative through depictions of the familiar and the undefined.
Director: Long Xi Vlessing
Cast: Chen Su Lan