The Wandering Lake

Patty Chang

The Wandering Lake is a video installation based on Patty Chang’s journey by camper from Europe through Central Asia to China with staged performances along the way. Early 20th-century explorer Sven Hedin coined the term the “Wandering Lake” to describe Lake Lop Nur in western China when he was commissioned by the Chinese government in the 1920s to find a modern silk road that was accessible by car. Chang’s work explores Lop Nur and the Aral Sea, a terminal lake that has lost 90 percent of its original surface area due to depletion by agricultural irrigation, to examine how movements in water parallel changing political and social conditions.

Project Updates

  • 2012: Chang embarks on scouting trip to Uzbekistan