Because of hopelessness, many Hongkongers now are seeking the opportunity to leave. For those who have no choice but remain, they fight to survive.
Another day in Paradise digs beneath the veneer of the contemporary English landscape, exposing the persistent ideology of the contemporary era. A series of colour photographs made in the counties of England, from 2017 to 2019.
Maybe it came from the shade of history, a wonderful imagination towards the UK was embedded in my mind. The unique cultural character of Hongkongers under the influence of the colonialism, which incorporates Eastern and Western cultures, offers me a blurry position in viewing the British landscape. After the Brexit referendum, I came to Britain, and the issue of nationalism was rising. I thought there was a paradise waiting for me, and my intention was to rediscover the social landscape. The mixture of memory, stereotype, politic and the psychological landscape became my response to my foggy understanding of Britain.
From 2017 to 2019, I kept visiting different counties in England. I summarized many characteristics of British life to form the sense to the people and the land. My wishful thinking was vivid, sometimes a bit surreal. I travelled to England to document different aspects of contemporary English society to form the bond to the land. During the trips, the stereotypes were reinforced, and the body of work developed a connection. The connection between England and Hong Kong transformed into the present cultural memory of the last generation from the colonial era. The exotic oriental commentary of a non-exist space and undefinable time merged into my work. In between of being a stranger or an insider, my position was just like a compass but endlessly rotating. As my education was in lack of a deep understanding to the British tradition and history, the exploited elements are the disjunction between pre-existing ideology and my wishful thinking. This “interruption” to the contemporary ideology became my notion. The representation of post-colonial existence was rhetorically recreated through my images. And that evolved to the occidental discourse from an easterner.
To a stranger, the idea of Paradise might be too far to reach.