Half-Field Plan: Homeland II project

January 2020, Foundation of Trieste contemporary art, Trieste, Italy


Interconnected Signing

In this Trieste “《Homeland》 project,  artist Cai Guojie was invited by the Foundation of Trieste contemporary art, and ICS (Italian Solidarity Consortium) The Office Refugees of Trieste” at the Tomaseo Studio (Studio Tommaseo) connected with 19 refugees, and through a live video on the Internet, buyers and sellers will perform a contract signing ceremony for the transfer of land ownership face to face.

At the beginning of the event, the artist invited refugee friends to paint the “home” they had left, and to mark the nearby streets or landscapes. Then he signed the title deeds and scanned them to the artists on the other side of the earth. After signing, stamping, and date marking, scan and send it back to them to complete the signing. At the end of the scene, they took the land they sold and introduced and shared their home and experience one by one.



Half-Field Plan, Cai Guo Jie and Arslan, Variable Size, Land Rights and Drawing, Trieste, Italy, 2020

Arslan, a Pakistani, spent three years alone traveling to Italy, often without eating or drinking for more than a week. Both parents and friends are in Pakistan, not working now.

Matteo was born and raised in Austria. In the lower left corner of the map is his home. There are railroad tracks above. What he wants to sell is the red line on the railroad. Matteo said that Guo Jie’s project reminded him of playing on the rails when he was a kid, and parents often warned him not to cross that rail, which is dangerous, so he would be careful not to touch the border line every time he played. Now he sells this “boundary” that he thought as a kid to the artist.

Half-Field Plan, Cai Guo Jie and Matteo, Variable Size, Land Rights and Drawing, Trieste, Italy, 2020

Half-Field Plan, Cai Guo Jie and Moussa Sylla, Variable Size, Land Rights and Drawing, Trieste, Italy, 2020

Moussa Sylla has been in Italy for six years. Originally working as a mechanical worker in Senegal, because he didn’t like the working atmosphere there, and made little money, he asked for a five-day vacation and ran to France. Later, because of the tightening of France’s refugee policy, he came to Italy through France. . After studying Italian for four years, I am now working as a worker in an oil company. “I am satisfied with my life and hope to stay here.” The house to be sold is the boundary of the house. The picture shows the mountain village where his parents were born. He was also born in this house.

Naveed, a Pakistani, studied medical specialty there for twelve years, and his development was good, but he wanted to be better, so he went to Italy two years ago. It is very rare now to find a local course in which Italian is taught in English. he hopes that he can study in Italian medical school after passing the exam.

Half-Field Plan, Cai Guo Jie and Naveed, Variable Size, Land Rights and Drawing, Trieste, Italy, 2020
Half-Field Plan, Cai Guo Jie and Shahzaib.M, Variable Size, Land Rights and Drawing, Trieste, Italy, 2020

Shahzaib.M, a Pakistani, is 19 years old. When he first arrived in Italy, he lived by the side of the road, he was very torn, he had no shoes, no job, nothing. His enthusiastic fellow found and helped him on the road. He is now learning Italian and sewing, hoping to acquire a craft for a living. He sold the red dots on the map. Those were the places he “lived” in the city.

Half-Field Plan, Cai Guo Jie and Mohammed Jawad, Variable Size, Land Rights and Drawing, Trieste, Italy, 2020

Mohammed Jawad, who lives in Italy with his wife and three kids, with no job. Because the new Italian policy has tightened the welfare of refugees and immigrants, it is not easy for Mohammed to live in Italy now. He has been unsuccessful in finding a job for a long time. He also has to support his family. When it came to Kazakhstan’s home, he wept. In Mohammed’s country, there were many regime turmoil. Seven relatives in the family died during the war, including his brother and sister. For survival and safety, he fled to Italy with his wife and children. However, other relatives are still in Kazakhstan. The political turmoil continues, Mohammed’s ethnic minorities have been excluded in the country, and the government is secretly trying to kill them. Life still has to continue, he said that at least the family can be safe now, but every day he thinks that his relatives are not doing well there, and he feels very sad.


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