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Playing majong 玩打麻雀

Photo emulsion and mixed media on unstretched canvas, 152.5cmx189cm, 1996.

 

Hongkongese as an Identity Series

This series worked from 1991 till 1998 in form of painting. The issue of 1997 in the matter of Handover of Hong Kong back to China from British rule stimulated the thought on Hongkongese as an identity. The series of work used photographic images of China and Hong Kong to rethink the relationship between two places especially in the issue of daily life and political power.The idea of painting as two-dimensional work was also a focus point. By using the idea of juxtaposition of images, text and layers as process of making, abstract marks in ways of spontaneous lines, the work is questioning the possible relationship between individuals and the political power; and at the same time, the two-dimensional painting as communicative and language platform are being recognized.

Works in this period included: We're Nice People (1991), Flesh, Blood and Love (1992), Hongkongese as Identity (1992), Land, Power and Love Series (1992), Memory and Identity Series (1993), In the Name of Power Series (1994), On Hong Kong: Story (1994), Beauty, Happiness and Intelligence Series/Power, Country and Citizenship/Celebrating Human Activities Series (1995-97) etc.