As the protests in Hong Kong reaches its tenth week, the outcry of overt violence mirrors the hopeless outrage within me. All of a sudden, the years I spent in Australia and my Australian passport become a significant armour of protection and safety. The duality of my identity oppose directly with one another as I witness its inevitable changes from spending time here in Australia.
I explore this internal conflict between accepting my fortune in having a liberal future outside of Hong Kong and knowing my acceptance contributes to the gradual loss of my culture. The white ink I paint on myself is akin to a coat of manifested white privilege, the more I forget and lose of my Hong Kong identity the more my career and future are protected from Hong Kong’s inevitable return and disappearance. There is a battle between both the parent and the child, the teacher and the student; the logical manner of assimilating and ‘learning white things,’ in contrast with an undeniable loyalty and love for where my skin and bones were originally built.
Audiences view the video on one side with the set of hands on the other side of the wall.
Read more about this exhibition here (Written by JingHua Qian for Artshub)