For the best part of the last decade, Hong Kong has been a major focus for the international news media because of continuing public protests there against the authority of Hong Kongs Beijing-backed legislature and, more recently, the imposition by Chinas central government of the so-called National Security Law (NSL) aimed at suppressing political dissent in the region.
I feel like Im riding a roller coaster every day and night, debating with myself endlessly where to go. Some things that have happened to you have been beyond acceptable. However, I still decide to stay, because it is you who is in my mind, not those vampires who have drunk up your blood.
This is a very brief and impressionistic portrait of the state of the art field in Hong Kong around October 2021.
The old aphorism, hard times make good art, gives little comfort to art practitioners when the magnitude of changes, carried out with revolutionary zeal, is robbing Hong Kong of its long-held freedom from ideological interference in the arts.
Drawing is a simple practice. All I need is a piece of paper, a pencil, and a clipboard. For one year, I have used up only three 6B pencils. So, this is a carbon-light way to keep myself engaged.