Daily objects about "washing" collected during residency
This is a very struggling moment to leave.
For fair, impartial democracy of true universal suffrage, Hong Kong people turn past conservative demonstrations to more progressive civil disobedience. The entire social climate likely denotes that it is the final battle of Hong Kong political reform. Absence to this critical campaign, only live and information from webcast keep me anxious. On the one hand I participate in an artist in New York residency program to absorb fresh knowledge; on the other hand I reflect from Hong Kong current circumstances to more profound human relationships. Gradually, the demonstration and residency are connected by various acts and symbols of washing being seen.
Wash out pepper spray on faces; disinfect wounds; clean up streets; expel occupiers; overthrow history of demonstrations; rinse packages after use; even clothes washing and bath taking…
Having a residency and occupying streets are short periods of stays which consume instant products from civilization like packaged food, tools for camp, and any materials in short-term use. To live in foreign places, or to get rid of previous ways of protest, both challenge existing value about erasure or restoration of beliefs. In the fleeting fragments, bodies are seemingly hung that our hands reach out at random to catch anything securely touchable. Placing traces on the top of things in hands, sometimes, is just an initiative to pursue human elements towards objects which it may be the most intimate sustenance to current needs of soul.