文:張惠菁 Written by Hui Ching Chang 陳綺貞說:在哈瓦那・時間像海一样。 Cheer Chen says that in Havana, time is like an ocean 在哈瓦那·時間緩慢停滞。人生選項有限・沒有急著要去的下一站。家家把街道當作客厅，電機机與收音機都開到最大聲·於是城市龍罩在聲音裹・說話聽不見，得用手勢切穿噪音(因此陳綺貞說:「手是聲音的表情)。 In Havana, time flows slowly. There aren't many choices in life, no next d...
Written by Hui Ching Chang
Cheer Chen says that in Havana, time is like an ocean
In Havana, time flows slowly. There aren't many choices in life, no next destination to hurry to.Every household extends their living rooms further out to the streets, turning their Tvs and radios as loud as could be, thus bombarding the city in various sounds. Human voices are not heard amongst such noises; hand gestures are the sound of expression
Havana at Your Back is more than just an exhibition of travel photos, Through five sets of photos categorised by themes, Cheer Chen explores the concept of time through a conversation with it.
在Hand和 The Story of Street系列,你會看到她拍哈瓦那人的臉，手，街頭角落等等。手的姿態、紋路，手機汽車等產品在街景中的缺席，也都是時間的一種面目。她拍的事物小，時間大；事物局部入鏡，時間全面笼罩。
In the first two sets, "Hands"and"The Story of Street" you will see the faces and hands of the people of Havana in the corners of streets through her camera. You will see the gestures and textures of their hands, street scenes without any presence of products like mobile phones and cars; all these are dimensions of time. She has captured small glimpses of things but covered a wide range of time; her photos have recorded only parts ofwhat she saw,but they showthecompleteness of time.
In "Face",the snaps are her first impressions of people taken right at the moment.Mostly they are only one shot of the scene by her camera.As a traveller,she had no way to investigate her subjects in great depth:who they really were,and what they had done.Yet she never intended to intrude.These people appeared temporarily in front of her,they were whatever they were in her eyes.Consequently these faces havebecomefragments oftime,the flashes ofthephotographer's time spent in the city of Havana.
Yet only fragments are equipped with the power to penetrate what is complete.In the series featuring a nursing home,in the beginning or citizens were inanimate and unresponsive.Then one of them got awoken by Cheer Chen's Polaroid shot."It's magie!" One by one they all came around for snaps,laughing,whooping awakening everyone.The very last group photo of joy and laughter is actually
rsing home "under a magic spell" It was indeed a magic spell,by its power time was re-initiated,and the stll urface of things broken.
到了The Story of Rain系列,陳綺貞忽然翻轉角色,讓自己進入時間。驟雨傾盆,匆忙跳上計程車,一系列從她視角半格連拍的畫面一一攝影者有意揭露她的位置,其實也在時間之流中。這時間顯然與臉、手系列的時間有別。匆忙,有動作,有目的地因一場大雨而加速,是旅人從外界帶入的時間感。
in the set called "The Story of Rain",Cheer Chen suddenly reverses the role and enters time.Hopping into a cab in the pouring rain all of a sudden..a series of half-frame rapid shots-the photographer intentionally reveals where she is,still in the stream of time,in fact.The
time here is obviously different from that in the first two sets of her photos.Being in a rush,being in action,having a destination,getting accelerated by rain are all senses of time brought in to focus by a traveller
Havana has the ocean as its borderline that separates it from time outside, Sitting there facing the ocean, you will have Havana at your back. These photos of the ocean scenes may be Cheer Chens tribute to Hiroshi Sugimoto, an artist she admires. However, unlike this artist's neutral, serene ocean, Cheer Chen faces an ocean that carries a story because it borders Havana. A young spectator, the ocean and the time which is like an ocean, confront one another unequally and infinitely. The surface of the ocean, and the silhouette of the boy's body It seems like a line that cuts through, but it in fact touches neither subject.
Cheer Chen is a recording artist, who often faces herself and an audience in concerts where the sense of time is distorted owing to sound and light. It gives a different feeling to appreciate her exercise with time in Havana from this angle. "f one can not draw something out of the plain everyday things, then one has to create something special by self." She quotes from Marquez Gabriel garcia's One Hundred Years of Solitude, "The world was so recent that many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them it was necessary to po. In the nursing home, the surprise shown in the faces of those senior citizens are eact like those people of Macondo in One Hundred Years of Solitude who touch ice for the first time, or like the first time Cheer Chen composed a song, or the first feeling of connection she felt with the crowd in her concert...
In the time that's like an ocean with its changeable nature,Cheer mentioned a question she asked her mother when she was little,"Where hasthemeofthen just gone?" This query was like a bubble,which broke through the surface ofthe ocean.Yet it also disappeared in an instant.It exists as a memory on the coastline at our back.
this is an introduction of the"Havana at YourBack" photo exhibition held in 2012.