Afternoons 晏晝, 2019
16:9 | color | sound | 25'00", 2016 | 24'03", 2019
I don’t live with my grandparents anymore since I graduated from primary school. And my grandma has moved to the home for the aged since then, as her physical condition got weaker and weaker, she stayed home less frequent. Sometimes when I visited them, if grandma was also there, we would spend an afternoon basically doing nothing much, mainly with my grandma talking, repeating similar topics. Sometimes I would visit them separately, I would first visit grandma at the home for the aged, and then grandpa, who lives near by but would be difficult for him to walk too far to visit grandma, or maybe vice versa.
In 2016, I made the first part of the video, recording one afternoon in grandpa’s home, and the conversations of different times at grandpa’s home and the home for the aged. At that time, I didn’t intend to analyse the conversations in detail. Then in 2019, I occasionally watched the video again one night, I still didn’t pay much attention to the content of the conversations, I was just listening to grandma’s voice comfortably like listening to the radio. Then, I decided to go through it once again, together with the afternoon moments after my grandma passed away, to take it serious and record what were once being said.