ling-wen tsai performance

Fragile: Handle With Care, postcard, 2001-2002

Fragile: Handle with Care started as a postcard mailing project. I sent several hundred postcards to people throughout the world. The card contained an image of myself wearing only a red "Fragile: Handle with Care" sticker across my chest. I later developed a durational performance, by the same title, in which I invited twelve people from all walks of life to display themselves in the context of a gallery. "Fragile: Handle with Care" stickers are used in our everyday lives as a reminder to be cautious while moving and shipping delicate items. I use this label to remind us of our human fragility, which is carried with us as we travel through this world, as parcels on a journey towards our final destination.