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by Furen Dai

Furen Dai's video work begin with her research on a Secret Women Language called NĂ¼Shu, which was originated and developed as a secret code among women in Hunan Province, China. Through research she discovered that though the language has lost its functionality, women who know the language have been pressured into performing their cultural activities as entertainment for tourists for menial wages. She has presented a language factory in her video and the act of producing secret women language as art object to sell to people who don't have access to the meaning of the language.

Furen Dai is a Chinese interdisciplinary artist, currently living in Boston, MA, United States. Dai graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University with an undergraduate degree in Russian and from SMFA/Tufts University with an MFA in studio art. She addresses language and literature associated with traditional Chinese culture in her work and is also engaged in a discourse around the position of being between two cultures and a cross-cultural exchange.