EMPIRE. Work in Progress
EMPIRE is made possible in part with a grant fromCEC ArtsLink.
Production stills from Mongolia
EMPIRE is a road movie and installation that originates in New York at the intersection of DaKar and GuangZhou. Using the silk road as a metaphor the work explores trade, economics and mobility focusing on working women.
Images: left to right. An active skin trade, sellers identified by a pile of skins on the highway.Tsetsege is one of the few Mongolians left in the business. She buys skins, loads them onto trucks, unloads them at a warehouse where she trims them, packs them in salt and finally sells them to the primarily Chinese buyers who now control the trade and the prices.