HONG KONG VIDEO ARTIST INTERVIEW
While ART HK 11 showcased a range of works from Western and Asian big names such David LaChapelle and Liu Wei, a little of the spotlight fell on the Hong Kong art scene, too, and in particular on a daring solo exhibition by young Hong Kong artist, Silas Fong.
“Memory Disorder” showed 26 videos collected by Fong over the past few years, each with “scenes [that] are drawn from personal encounters with conflict, the youthful urge to search for something not known, people to empathise with and places imbued with affection,” as described in the press information for the show. Through the installation, Fong raised questions about the human memory system and our concept of time; viewers were transported into the artist’s memory and then left there alone to interpret each of the videos.”Do we want to forget or not?” he asks.
Watch the Soundslide (in Chinese with English subtitles) below to hear Silas Fong speak about his latest solo exhibition, “Memory Disorder”, in an interview with Art Radar.
Click here for artwork details for the individual works presented in this soundslide. (PDF kindly supplied by Gallery EXIT.)
Silas Fong’s second solo exhibition, “Memory Disorder”, ran from 21 April to 21 May 2011 at Hong Kong’s gallery EXIT. His first, called “Stolen times for sale”, was awarded the top prize, the Gold Award, at the 2009 Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards and in 2010 was exhibited at the Liverpool Biennale. Currently pursuing his MFA at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Fong has already been named one of the “rising stars of design” by Perspective Magazine.
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