Rituals of remembering


A ritual “is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a sequestered place, and performed according to set sequence.”

In Candice’s work, there are a few rituals practised to remember her father. We also can see the objects that identify our origins and specific objects that only trigger to some people’s memory.  Eg. incense paper ad chocolate. Incense paper also reminds me of Qingming Festival, an important day to show respects to ancestors, also called Tomb Sweeping Day.

Chocolate is the food that triggers her to sneeze, which is the same as her father. Hence, consuming chocolate is a ritual to experience the same way her that father has experienced. The more the ritual repeats, the experience of understanding another person’s condition from their perspective is deeper.


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