immortal mountain and
The main purpose of my trip to China was the Biennial which this time
had an emphasis on environmental issues. In spite of the planning that
took me a year and a half, because the Chinese did not send my
invitation on time, I arrived the day after Beijing’s opening. The
arrangements of my trip had not been done just as I had expected. The
best part of my trip was when I was by myself and worked in nature.
Three years ago I traveled to China but had not visited Beijing. Chinese
are strange people. They eat everything.
In Beijing I saw that they would fry living and moving crabs and they
would get eaten after.
There are different kinds of vegetable in China that is not
found anywhere else in the world. In order to understand a
culture, in addition to their spirituality that feeds the soul,
their physical food should be considered too.
There are a few small lakes in downtown Beijing.
I saw dead fish on the side of the lake which could be a reason for
I let go of a few fish in there.
My only concern in China was not the natural environment, yet I
wanted to think about their cultural environment.
I had made cylinder seal and hacked the word “peace” on it.
One out of six people in the world speak Chinese. Therefore it was
important for me to write for them.
On the other side of the seal, I had written the name of Iran
and my own name Ahmad Nadalian.
spent a few days around the area near the Great Wall of China.
There was a temple located up in the mountain.
mountain and the temple were called Immortal. There was a note
that had stated:
courtyard located up immortal courtyard mountain in longing valley. It
embodies a mixture of Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism. According to
historical research, it was built it was build in the Ming and Qing
Dynasties and was destroyed in a war. In its heyday, the sound of its
bell could be heard in the town ten kilometers away.”
I painted a snake on the face of a Chinese girl.
This will be a continuous collected works. Based on ancient
beliefs snake is one of the symbols of immortality. Because
snakes shed skin every year there has been this belief that
snake has an everlasting life. Snakes go in deep earth,
therefore it is believed that
snakes are aware of waters.
The holiness and purity of water could be seen in
was a small basin right next to the temple. I threw one of the stone
fish that I had taken with me from Iran to China into the small basin.
was another bird piece that I had taken with me from Iran. There was a
holy tree next to the temple.
They claim that the tree
is 780 years old. It is regarded as the king of all the pines and
cypresses on the mountain and prince of the Devils who is capable of
warding off evil. Today there are still people who pray to it.
I hid the bird there.
experienced lively joy in the water of the river.
I fished one of my
stones that had the image of fish and brought it with me to Iran.
Next to a
village in the valley, I carved my footprint.
I was even more
excited when my stone fish had a confluence with the rainbow.
I spent the night in a
village home. Communicating with Chinese is difficult; they do not know
English at all. I do not know what the name of the village was. I slept
inside a villager’s place.
It was a good
experience. It seemed that the pillow I slept on had been filled with
rice or grain. When I moved my head, I could smell them and could hear
the rubbing of grain.
On the next day, I
painted another girl’s face.
Sometimes in far
countries, I see my family from virtual windows and I chat and talk with
them on the internet. That’s how I feel like I am with them.
My life has its own
sweetness and bitterness.
Sometimes I even show my
family and friends what I see.
The expansion of virtual
life could change our lives and we could face new realities.