What Great Grief Has Made the Empress Mute

What Great Grief Has Made the Empress Mute (2016)

video by Morrison Gong
poem by June Jordan
HD video, sound, B&W

A video comprised of 25 scans of photographic prints by Araki, Goldin, and myself juxtaposed with June Jordan’s reading of What Great Grief Has Made the Empress Mute. I pair unexpected images with the audio to explore their thematic connections with the poem, imbuing both the photos and the poem with new interpretations. In a way similar to how the extravagance of the empress’ life disguises her pain, the eroticism and glamour of the photos disguise their melancholy.