Angst Essen / Eat Fear (Chinese)

Angst Essen吞噬恐惧


黄汉明刚搬到德国柏林深受柏林克罗伊茨贝格区土耳其文化的影响,创作了这个影像作品《吞噬恐惧》。此作品以导演法斯宾德的电影《恐惧吞噬灵 魂》为蓝本,讲述了一位来自慕尼黑的清洁工艾米与一位比她年轻许多的摩洛哥移民劳工阿里之间的故事。这个在当时被社会遗弃,看似不可能在一起的爱情,最终 在社会舆论的压力下演变成一场悲剧。

Angst Essen / Eat Fear

Angst EssenAngst Essen / Eat Fear

single channel video installation
27:00 mins loop


During his residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Ming, who was inspired by the strong Turkish presence in Berlin’s Kreuzberg area, developed his latest video work, Angst Essen/Eat Fear, a reconstruction of a Fassbinder movie, Angst essen Seele auf (1973), which tells the story of Emmi, an elderly cleaning woman from Munich, who falls in love with a much younger Moroccan immigrant worker named Ali. The two unlikely lovers start living together as a couple, which at that time in Germany was socially looked down upon, if not deemed downright scandalous. In Fassbinder’s film, their relationship threatens to turn into a disaster under the pressure of hostile and discriminatory social reflexes.

In Angst Essen/Eat Fear, Ming plays all the roles. Speaking an approximate German, he embodies up to five persons at the same time, relentlessly switching between various identities defined by gender, age or nationality.
By playing all the protagonists in a wholly unfamiliar language, Ming redirects the arrows of antagonism back onto every single one of the characters, thus turning each figure into an ‘other’ or a ‘stranger’.
Beyond a reflection on identity and alterity – a topic which is at the heart of his artistic project – Ming’s works are enlivened by a deeply funny and entertaining dimension, which helps reveal the positive options unlocked by a playful state of ‘in-betweenness’ – in-between ethnicities, languages and genders.

Director of Photography: Carlos Vasquez
Production assistants: Jungju An, Sonja Schmidt
Make-up: Julia Lohmüller, Katrin Wespel, Lyn Kato
Supporting Actors: Kate Fulton, Hermann Heisig
Stills Photography: Anja Teske, Job Janssen, Anouk Kruithof