Inspired by the city lights and tenebrous urban narratives of Beijing, He An’s installation Do You Think You Can Help Her Brother?, creates a form of urban poetry from retrieved heritage signage which is swiftly disappearing from the skyline due to the rapid transformation of Beijing’s urban environment.
Chinese characters gleaned from shopfronts and various sites throughout the city of Beijing tell a dark story about love, desire and power. Drawn from popular news stories and online social media, Do You Think That You Can Help Her Brother? combines found texts to create a narrative poem that relays the experience of marginalized labour workers, popular Chinese novels, the sex industry and criminal underground networks.
Installed on the northern façade of ACCA’s iconic architecture, He An: Do You Think You Can Help Her Brother? is presented as a keynote public project for Asia TOPA, the inaugural festival of Asian-focused performance and culture launching in Melbourne in January 2017.
Presented in partnership with Asia TOPA, a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne