2017-2019, Synchronous dual-channel 2K video, black and white & color, 4.0 stereo channel, 15 min 30 sec
Persona Swap constructs a theatrical dimension parallel to the history of art through its stage art, costumes and make-up, performance. In the three chapters of the video, “Thinking in front of the mirror”, “The fox and the grizzly bear, the vulture and the crocodile” and “Besides the indistinguishable illusion, who the hell are you?”, an “abstract realism” is reconstructed out of the photo archive collection, the juxtaposition of roles and scenes, voice-over monologues, and dynamic playwright. The film began in 1958 when the Soviet expert V. V. Terevtzov came to Shanghai Theatre Academy to open a makeup workshop, by the early 1980s, China’s stage art design advocated breaking away from the “illlusionism” in the 19th century European stage art system, and promoting and admitting the “assumption of stage”. At the moment when this “assumption” did not have self-analysis, the tone of realism once again brought it to an abrupt end. Just like those “supporting roles” in the film, no matter in which gesture they fall down, it was just a sort of disguised “game”, that nationalist “wandering soul” never exits.