Disconnection Connects / April Guest and Lǐ Xīng Yǔ (Echo Li)
This collaboration is a fusion between our own vulnerabilities and shared emotional struggles. Both of our solo works expressed personal sides to ourselves, and we used this idea as the catalyst for our collaboration. We created this work by sharing our own intimate poetry, videos, music and voice recordings with each other. From there we expanded upon it with our own ideas, experiences and interpretations. Without much verbal communication, by sharing each other’s work, we were both sensing each other’s vulnerabilities and able to converge on something we both resonated with. This connection of hearts vibrating together is our work. We both want to deliver a sentimentality of frustration, sadness, pain. We both created art while going through difficult periods of our lives. In our lowest moments, sometimes only thing you can do is move your hand or sing one note. But despite this, our desire to create and express is still there and it feels like there is some hope. Luckily, we are not alone in facing the baggage that weighs us down.