Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2017-18

(Brooklyn, NY)Huisi He


Huisi He is a New York-based and Chinese-born artist. Her primary focus is on performance art. Having had a background in journalism, Huisi He traveled to the United States in 2007 in pursuit of the freedom of speech and self-expression. She attended the Florida State University where she received her MFA in visual art with an emphasis in performance. After receiving her MFA in 2015, she moved to New York City to pursue her art career.

In the years since beginning her art practice, healing has become a central element, allowing her to let go of negative thoughts and emotions in order to embrace life. Her recent performance work is a response to this new environment and illustrates her internal struggle to balance dreams with reality. In 2016 she performed at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Lab, Last Frontier NYC, Gallery Sensei, and many other performance venues in and around New York City. In 2017 she performed at the Danish Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark, Bingo Gallery in Oulu, Finland, Galleria Kuja in Helsinki, Finland, and other performance venues in Sweden, Norway, and Estonia.

Project Description

"I can’t promise you the ride of your life"

Immigration, rejections, frustration, worries, social pressure, U.S. foreign policies, and feminine struggles constitute my life after I moved to the United States in 2007. This body endurance performance illustrates my constant unsettling psychological and physical status.

I am locked in a luggage and carried around by people. I have been trying to escape but I am powerless and helpless. I have no control of my life in this environment of capitalism and Donald Trump’s white supremacy. The performance conveys a sense of hopelessness: the only hope is slowly melting away by numerous rejections and struggles.

This performance will happen in an outdoor public space and an indoor performance venue.