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Thousand Papers 千紙 
Exhibition and Durational Performance

Tell us your stories, hopes and dreams. So then we can build the Senbazuru of ours.

‘Thousand Papers’ is a durational performance and community installation, where we reflect on how freedom of expression is still being oppressed nowadays in many corners of the world. It is a work that we derived from the concept of community sculpture building, movement practices and East Asian traditions.


In previous editions, we were reading and copying letters from jailed activists everywhere, who are fighting for social justice, like the ones from Hong Kong in 2021 and the ones from Poplar Rebellion in London in 1921. We compared their words and were stunned by the emotions and spirit they shared, which came to us from far away, where the brave voices are locked up and people are indecisive about staying or leaving.

It is an ongoing performance series, previously presented at Fitzrovia Noir, Goldsmiths CCA, Chisenhale Dance Space, Derby Theatre and more. Our performance disappears over time but the memory stays, manifested by the sculpture. This is about celebrating our happiness, sadness, hopes, dreams and love.

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Whitechapel Gallery First Thursday (Mention)

6 May 2021

Previous editions:

9 October 2021:
Goldsmiths CCA, London
In response to Eugenio Dittborn’s exhibition Airmail Paintings

15 July 2021
12-8pm: Durational performance
Derby Theatre
Departure Lounge with In Good Company
Interactive exhibition continue until 17 July

12 June 2021

St. Stephen Green, Bow, London

Outdoor Performance

With “Encounter Bow”, Chisenhale Dance Space

28 April - 6 May 2021

Fitzrovia Noir, 48 Aberfeldy Street, London, E14 0NU
Exhibition and Durational Performance

With Poplar Union, Finborough Theatre and Whitechapel Gallery

20 February 2021


Online version with 

Welcome to My Crying Party

27 November 2020
Contact, Manchester
More details here
(Cancelled due to COVID)

2 May 2020


Chisenhale Dance Space, London

As part of Open Weekend
(Cancelled due to COVID-19)

6 December 2019

9am - 5pm

Octagon, Queen Mary University of London

22 November 2019


Goldsmiths, University of London


12 October 2019

3-9 pm

EG-1 Project Space, Bow Arts Centre, London
Part of "Be Water!"

With Young Blood Initiative

This project is ongoing research on how to create a space for appreciating and celebrating the differences between individuals by reading and embodying the stories one by one through movement and origami. They value the participation of every audience member and hence emphasize the importance of acting collectively, at the same questioning their troubled cultural identity and linking it to the greater discourse of history.


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