Rewriting One Hundred Years of Solitude
The performance was held in August 2014 in Columbia, Marquez’s native land. Li walked barefoot in the rain, holding in her hands Marquez’s "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and a jar full of earth from Columbia. In the cold air and occasional baffled looks from passersby, she went across one street after another. Her feet moved on the cold and hard stone streets, while her mind drifted to a place faraway. It took her quite sometime to arrive at the library built in memory of Marquez. She walked to the wall, put down the jar, and opened the book. The book, all in Spanish, was then torn page by page until it became “void”. She then filled the book with earth and closed the book. It was still that book with the same title, but its contents had changed. Everything returned to earth, including time, life, death and even solitude. Holding this new book in her hand, she returned to the exhibition center, where she put it on a white stand, reopened it and began to read it.