The Usher is a performance that takes place in the bleachers of a landing strip at the base of Luo Shan Mountain. Adjacent to this site are a series of fences that bar access to a deforested mountain that is now an ecological reserve. The fence both serves as a barrier from further deforestation and overgrazing, as well as a barrier that preserves recently abandoned villages whose population was resettled as part of a 'poverty alleviation measure.'

The video component for this piece was initially commissioned in the winter of 2016 and originally exhibited at Si Shang Art Museum's Tides of Sand and Steel. These series of projects were developed and actualized in collaboration with ADL.

Rouzbeh Akhbari -
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