Hong Kong

Lo Lai Lai Natalie, Talking Plant, 2019, HD video, color, sound, 3 minutes 23 seconds.

Lo Lai Lai Natalie, Talking Plant, 2019, HD video, color, sound, 3 minutes 23 seconds.

Lo Lai Lai Natalie

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“Stories usually end tragically,” according to the narrator of Lo Lai Lai Natalie’s ten-minute video Cold Fire, 2019–20. A majestic stream-of-consciousness disquisition on the subject of fermentation, the piece moves through stories about the cartoon protagonists in airplane-safety instruction manuals to shots of hands kneading sticky bread dough. We look down onto an expanse of fluffy white clouds, as if viewing them from the heavens—or from a plane window. Tranquil footage of glassware used in the fermentation process transitions to a scene of black-shirted protesters shining their cell-phone lights into the night: one of the many recent mass demonstrations in Hong Kong that mobilized as many as two million people. In Lo’s exhibition “Give no words but mum,” Cold Fire was shown with jars of decorative (and largely inedible) fermenting beetroot, kimchi, sauerkraut, and other foodstuffs

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