Say What I Have to Say Including This Text You Are Reading without Leaving a Trace and Therefore Never Feel Threatened

Internet-based performance

In November 2018, Wang Huimeng asked her followers on Weibo, a popular Chinese social media platform, to participate in her project. Participants were asked to each choose one word from the sentence “say what I have to say including this text you are reading without leaving a trace and therefore never feel threatened,” and have it tattooed on their bodies. They were asked to take a photo of themselves with the tattoos in display, in a way where they feel most comfortable, creative, and represented. 

The post reached 750,000 Weibo users, and nearly 1,000 people sighed up to participate, among whom twenty one were selected. They submitted the photos in January 2019.

This project explores the possibilities and strength of collective performance in the internet age. A message disseminates bodily and geographically, and is only complete in unison; the narrative connects twenty one strangers in an intimate manner, and only ceases to exist when the last one among them decays.

Shown in the photos are:
SAY: Wang Siyu (Guangzhou)
WHAT: Jin Ruomeng (Hangzhou)
I: Zeng Xi (Shanghai)
HAVE: Sun Xingcan (Chengdu)
TO: Ping Guo (Shanghai)
SAY: Wang Ziyi (Changsha)
INCLUDING: Luo Ziyuan (Shanghai)
THIS: Liu Zongshi (Ji'nan)
TEXT: Chen Nanyu (Shanghai)
YOU: Qiang Wei (Shanghai)
ARE: Cen Yuling (Zhanjiang)
READING: Chen Hongbin (Nanjing)
WITHOUT: Han Zihan (Hong Kong)
LEAVING: Li Xintong (Beijing)
A: Zhou Yichen (Northampton)
TRACE: Li Zhixin (Hangzhou)
AND: Chen Xi (Nanjing)
THEREFORE: Huang Xiaoqian (Hangzhou)
NEVER: Wei Anni (Zhengzhou)
FEEL: Sun Yu (Dalian)
THREATENED: Xuan Yuan (Wuhan)