The ‘people’ from history have disappeared, but the traces they have left behind on the ‘things’ can feed the creative process, because they are the best evidence we have for the existence, speech, and behaviour of the ‘people’. Through looking into various archives, artist LEE Kai-chung embarked upon a search of the history of 11 bronze statues that were seized by the Japanese Imperial Army from Central’s Statue Square as part of the ‘copper collection campaign’ as to satisfy the war-time material needs. In the painstaking process of restoring the statues, the theme of ‘transition’ in Hong Kong is explored through the inescapable predicament resulted during the creative process.
WMA Commission recipient, Lee Kai-chung put together the exhibition, ‘I could not recall how I got here’ under the WMA 2017/18 theme of ‘Transition’. Through studying historical records and objects of Hong Kong during the last years of the WWII in this commission project The Retrieval, Restoration and Predicament, Lee investigates the transition of meanings of a ‘memorial bronze statue’ brought about by the passing of time. The interim showcase is presenting a form of Hong Kong’s ‘transition’ with sculptures, photography, videos and installations.
Starting in Spring 2019, WMA will present a series of workshops to discuss intellectual property issues relevant to the development, sharing, and co-creation of visual art works, and the use of archival materials.
Co-organised by WE Press, the publisher of Xyza Cruz Bacani’s We Are Like Air, the exhibition of the same title is now showcasing at The eslite spectrum Tsim Sha Tsui Store, Hong Kong from 3 January to 17 February 2019 after its debut at the Hong Kong Arts Centre at the end of 2018.
Exhibition | 3/1（Thu）- 17/2（Thu）｜Tsim Sha Tsui Store 3/F Art Book Section
Book Sharing | 13/1（Sun）15:00-16:00｜Tsim Sha Tsui Store 3/F MINI FORUM
For more details, please visit https://meet.eslite.com/hk/tc/artshow/201812230001
Filipina documentary photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani, recipient of the “Mobility” cycle of WMA Commission, will launch her solo exhibition We Are Like Air at the Hong Kong Arts Centre from 1- 20 December 2018, during which her first photo book of the same title will also be launched.