《羌的山》是吕格尔基于家乡汶川羌族的创作计划,2008年地震后的援建,加速了蔽塞山岭里现代化的进程,由此地域的交流越发强烈边界不断模糊,他通过前期对当地的类似田野考察,在一种“再熟悉”的过程中,对身份的焦虑逐渐放大,于是他把寻找答案的希望寄托于《上山寻海》(第二章)的行为当中,在三叠纪时期,汶川地区处于滨海环境,他询问羌人是否有过汶川与海的记忆,同时也上山寻找沧海桑田的痕迹,途中遇到了张开双臂的雪人,被涂抹的白石,假山,假马,熊猫。。。这些景象与第一章《羌的山》有着微妙的联系。上山寻海的这种看似缘木求鱼的行为,开始转向更为诗意化的地域和身份物像的寻找。之后他收集山上的沙石,在暗房里洒在底片上,得到《星海》(第三章)的原始图像,又参照大量星空图片,为“星海”绘制了一个看起来尽可能真实的色彩,似乎也找到了最终的答案。

第一章 羌的山:

羌的词意在上千年历史中不断变化,在古代是对西方异族的统称,如今意指的羌族主要生活在中国西南部的高山中。2008年汶川地震后的援建,原本阻碍与外界相通的山,修好了能通车的公路,反而成为了与外在世界融合的加速器。我尝试以一种“身在此山中”的角度,寻觅羌人和山川从历史到当下的内在关系。羌族释比是其中一条拍摄的明线,羌族没有文字,文化传承依靠释比世代口传心授,同时释比也在羌族的节日、耕建婚丧中扮演着重要的角色,围绕拍摄释比到羌人的信仰,人和土地。另一条线关乎主体和少数的交流边界,最早我溯源到了三国时期,贯彻了诸葛亮和夷政策的蜀国将领姜维。再到20世纪西方传教士以一种早期人类学的方式对羌的拍摄调查,以及本土的人类学摄影家庄学本,我以一种置换的方式在历史和空间里对他们进行了回望,最后反思从打倒牛鬼蛇神到当下铺天盖地建设旅游景区的转变。

“The mountain of Qiang”is a plan based on Lyu Geer’s hometown ,Wenchuan,Qiang ethnic minority.The construction after the 2008 earthquake has accelerated the process of modernization in the mountains, and the regional communication became more intense and the boundary became blurred. He went through a similar field work to the local area in the early days,in a process of “re-familiarity”, the anxiety about identity gradually amplified.So He took this question to the behavior of “Finding the sea up the mountain”(Chapter 2).During the Triassic period, the Wenchuan area was in the coastal environment,He asked if the Qiang people had memories of Wenchuan and the sea.He also went up the mountain to find traces left by the sea.On the way, He met snowmen with arms open, painted white stones, fake horses, pandas……These scenes have a subtle connection with the first chapter, “The mountain of Qiang”.“Finding the sea up the mountain”,this pointless behavior seems to be like climbing trees to catch fish.Beginning to turn to more poetic, the search for geographical and identity images.After that He collected sand from the mountains, sprinkled on film in dark room.Getting the original image of “Star sea” (Chapter 3).And referring to large number of images of the stars, He painted a color that looks as real as possible for “Star sea”. He also seem to find the answer.