In 2020, due to Covid 19, the Vienna based artist Jianan Qu couldn‘t visit his family in China. On the birthday of his mother, that she’s no longer willing to celebrate because of ageing, Jianan made this postcard for her.
The artist wishes that anyone who has this card, could be so kind and send this message to his mother. No matter from whom, when, or where – to achieve a wish that is unlimited by time and space.
Postcard message in English:
‘Mama, It seems like I won’t make it home this year…
Originally I planned to come in Feb, but then the flight was cancelled. From March on we got a lockdown here, since then it is hardly possible to get a flight, even if, there are tons of regulations.
I am well generally, please take good care of yourself. If once in a while I have missed your call, please don’t get stressed and start to worry.
All of sudden it’s your birthday again. You told me that you don’t want to celebrate your birthdays anymore, it remind you of getting older. I didn’t prepare a present, not sure what to do, I thought it over, and just wrote you this card.
Once you told me that I am the most important thing in your life, but I want you to be the most important for yourself. Mama!
Jianan. 18th Dec 2020 Vienna’