2018 - 2021
Xiamen, Fujian, China
Perfect Pearl is about chasing love - or rather, the friction between dream and hard reality. The picture perfect life as seen in dreams may all turn out to be an illusion - like castles in the sky. (2018-2021)
The main subject is love seen from a female perspective. The work also touches on existential solitude, the makeability of life and fleeting online personalities, emancipation, gender, and finding and retaining one's own identity and vote amid a crowd of lonely souls. While searching for love in life, nostalgia often influences the overpowering yearning for something that has been or is yet to come. It remains unclear if the longing can be fulfilled. In an intuitive approach, Fallaux has found images, situations and writings to convey a female Chinese story about coming of age and trying to find the perfect love. The outcome remains unclear- just like love itself
Despite its cultural definitions and particularities, love is a universal emotion, which enabled Fallaux to identify with Chinese women in their early twenties. Her friendship resulted in a collaboration where art is constructed with Fallaux’s poetic observations and thoughts and feelings of her young Chinese friends.
After her 2018 residency in Xiamen, China, Perfect Pearl is shaped with intuitive multi- faceted imagery, photography, video, spoken and written word. And in a centerpiece video-installation her Chinese friends represent themselves.
PERFECT PEARL consists of an exhibition with two Film installations, photography and an artist book.
About the title:
Are you a thirty-year-old woman in China and unmarried? Then you might be called a Faded Pearl, a pearl that has lost its shine and has actually lost its value. Young women struggle with the ambition or the fear to become a Perfect Pearl. High expectations as felt coming from their social environment makes these young women question their dreams and fantasies about love. Trying to pursue your perfect future dream feels like a dangerous game. Will you always be disappointed if you keep chasing the perfect picture? How each individual shapes her life and expresses her existence is an ongoing source of lasting inspiration in Tara Fallaux’s work.
Private vimeo link of my two film installations on request.
'I write this letter in bed' 8 Minute film on three screens.
'Mobile Home' 20 minute film on three screens in vertical position.