The Mending Project


The installation ‘The Mending Project’ by Beili Liu consists of thousands of Chinese scissors suspended from the ceiling, pointing downwards. The performer sits beneath the countless sharp blades of scissors, and performs an on-going simple task of mending.

As a visitor enters the space, one is asked to cut off a piece of the white cloth hung near the entrance, and offer the cut section to the performer. The mended fabric grows throughout the duration of the performance, and takes over the vast area of the floor beneath the scissors. While the hovering, massive cloud of scissors alludes to distant fear, looming violence and worrisome uncertainty, the mending initiates hope of trust and healing in troubled times.

All images © Rino Pizzi and Beili Liu Studio

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