PINEAPPLE GIRL SERIES

3 SEASONS & DEPARTING TIDE

3 Seasons & Departing Tide video stills
2 Channel Video: 3:39 min.
2011

 

ABOUT

In these videos I point to a sense of remembrance, like a haunting memory of the past that remains in the present. Modeled from the stories heard while growing up in Okinawa, Japan of Momotaro (Peach Boy) I wanted to create a character that could be the protagonist from a feminist perspective. I chose the pineapple because my father’s family was raised on a pineapple plantation in Kahuku on Oahu Hawai’i. It has been a repeating symbol for referencing a family history that I am a part of but disconnected from. It also has connections in New England with welcoming, hospitality, and social privilege, which references contradicted each other.

Pineapple Girl lives in a mirror of a place of otherness as described by philosopher and social theorist Michel Foucault in his essay Of Other Space:

“The mirror is, after all, a utopia, since it is a placeless place. In the mirror, I see myself there where I am not, in an unreal, virtual space that opens up behind the surface; I am over there, there where I am not, a shadow that gives my own visibility to myself, that enables me to see myself there where I am absent: such is the utopia of the mirror…it makes this place that I occupy at the moment when I Iook at myself in the glass at once absolutely real, connected with all the space that surrounds it, and absolutely unreal, since in order to be perceived it has to pass through this virtual point which is over there ” [1].

The character is isolated and separated within landscapes that are both familiar and foreign simultaneously. She is a reflection of my multicultural background and how that experience has created connections to the many places I have lived, as well as, magnified separations causing a desire for belonging.

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1 Mirzoeff, Nicholas. The Visual Culture Reader. 2nd ed. London: Routhledge, 2002. p 232. 
 

INSTALLATION VIEWES

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Asuncion_Lani_023 Seasons & Departing Tide Installation shots
Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut
Projection: 2 channel video, LCD Screen: 1 channel
size variable
2011

3 Season: Snow Prints still

Snow Prints
2011


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Foreign and Familiar exhibition at Chen Fine Arts Center, CCSU
2015

pineapple_girl_series_crate_thelocalThe Local
Pineapple, custom wooden crate
7.5″ x 5″x3.5″
2015


 

THE BIRTH OF AN OTHER GIRL

 

Birth of an Other Girl from Lani Asuncion on Vimeo.

In this video I transition the idea of the Pineapple Girl to be more then just a fantastical character but point to her Otherness through a multicultural experience, and how through this experience new things can be born. I want the viewer to have a glimpse that the white garment is just as important as the pineapple.

WHITE DRESS:

This dress is white, the color of purity, death. It gives off no form of femininity but utility.
It is a form that is as binding as the pineapple, but at the same time freeing in it’s nonconformity.
The dress is as important as the pineapple in this series.
I wanted the viewer to understand the origin of the Pineapple Girl and that she comes from a fruit, and history of an idea imposed upon her.

 


 

 PINEAPPLE TRANSPLANTATION

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Bloodline
Storrs, Connecticut
2011

This piece is a still from a private performance where pineapples were transplanted into a corn field whole in the season of January.