Isa Ho: I am Snow White
From 2000 to 2010, I started identifying myself as Snow White; I tried to convince other people that I was and then I began telling the story being the character that I identify with and that play. The Snow White series describe my personal experience and the world from my observation.
Starting from asking the question concerning "happiness", the contemporary society gives modern people too many different roles and each role has different tasks and responsibilities and thus, individuals base their happiness on the success or failure of each character. Happiness and desire are closely related. I would ask me: "Who am I?" Then I'd answer: "I'm Snow White." I'd ask again: "What do I want?" Then I'd answer: "Sleep and live happily ever after." It was as if though happiness is really that simple!
How one sees his or her position and how one converse with himself or herself is the main focus of my work; the question is always derived from the thinking mode. Perhaps in the contemporary society, the biggest enemy of the self is the self.
That's why I've used me as the protagonist. Each character on screen represents my different roles and what I've been imagining; these roles come from Confucian code of ethics, traditions, contemporary education, and the society and so on. And I'm "Snow White!" My desire is to create a reality that I wish for using digital photography; using dramatic scenes and lighting, I hope to present the anxiety that today's people exhibits facing fantasy and conflicts.
text by Isa Ho
Isa Ho (Ho Meng-Chuan)
Born in 1977 Keelung, Taiwan