1960 born in hong kong.
he came to international attention with his “redwhiteblue” series,
which he presented at the 51st venice biennale in 2005 representing hong kong.
he was awarded the hong kong contemporary art awards 2012 and
the hong kong arts development awards 2011 – award for best artist (visual arts) in 2012.
his “lanwei” series was collected by M+ museum, hong kong in 2013.
building hong kong 16 / faith/hope/love / 香港建築 16 / 信望愛
In France, redwhiteblue represents liberty, equality, fraternity.
In Thailand, redwhiteblue signifies the country, religion and monarchy.
In the UK and USA it symbolizes fortitude, courage;
peace, integrity, innocence, perseverance and righteousness.
Redwhiteblue has been the subject of my photography for 15 years .
From its debut in ‘Building Hong Kong’ to being featured in posters and installations
on other topics, RWB has travelled far and wide. With this exhibition, it is making its 20th appearance.
From Hong Kong to Shenzhen, to London, to Venice, to Seoul……
RWB has become a part of my life.
I am adamant in using RWB because I see it as the means to convey the positive spirit of Hong Kong to the world.
I often come across Hong Kong people who question if there is only RWB
that can represent Hong Kong.
I doubt it. We used to have those majestic junks. We now have the dragon,
and more recently, the phoenix…
The earliest Buddhists preached without forms or figures. There were neither temples nor statues. Symbols were adopted later on to facilitate easier communications and deeper understanding.
The qualities exemplified in RWB will continue to evolve without end. Persistence, diligence, unity—these and other virtues were saluted in previous works and exhibitions.
In 2000, when pessimism prevailed over Hong Kong, being as positive as I always was, I launched “Building Hong Kong’. At art museums, shop windows, construction sites I shared my views and expectations with everyone.
During SARS , we witnessed and experienced true comradeship in times of trouble when people were drawn together to fight against adversity. In that period of time, the focus and tone of works such as Building Hong Kong/Zou Ma Kan Fa and Show Flat reflected a mood of anticipation..
In the past two years, the economy has revived and the property market is booming.
Ironically, the negative sentiments have once again risen…in politics, as in society.
Come. Let’s put aside our ego and think for a moment what we really want for Hong Kong,
our home. What is it that we love? What is there to believe in? And what is there to hope for?
Write down your thoughts on the wall to share and to inspire.
It is my wish to offer RWB/Faith, Hope and Love as the ultimate quest for everyone in Hong Kong.
『紅白藍 / 信望愛』就算是我向香港你我他的一份終極祈盼。
Finally, I hope that whenever we see the familiar redwhiteblue, we will feel, deep in our hearts, the faith, hope and love that we all have for this city.