Another day in Paradise digs beneath the veneer of the contemporary English landscape, exposing the persistent ideology of the contemporary era. A series of color photographs made in the counties of England, from 2017 to 2019. The mixture of memory, stereotype, politic and psychological landscape become my imagination of England.
I am a British Chinese born and raised in Hong Kong. The unique cultural character of Hong Kong under the influence of the post-colonialism, which incorporates Eastern and Western cultures, offers me a blurry position in viewing the British identity. After the Brexit referendum, I came to Britain, and the issue of nationalism was rising. I intend to rediscover the social landscape and my British identity.
From 2017 to 2019, I kept visiting different counties in England. I summarize many characteristics of British life to form the sense to the people and the land. I research into the bygone element in the project to discuss the historical relations to nowadays. It interestingly has close linkage to the confusion or a contradiction in signifier-signified relations in ideological representation. The images presumed to be easily indexical in a particular period, and they certainly do not belong to the contemporary icon. As my education background is in lack of deep understanding of the tradition and history, the exploited elements are the disjunction between pre-existing ideology and my wishful thinking. This “interruption” to the contemporary ideology becomes my notion. The representation of post-colonial existence was rhetorically recreated through my images. And that evolved to the occidental discourse from an easterner.