Thursday, July 31, 2014

1997 - Byron Chan

Earlier this summer I wrote an exhibition essay (that can be found here) for Byron Chan's video piece 1997

The video is up from July 9- August 15 at Xpace's External Space in the Learning Zone on the OCAD U campus and hosted online at xpace.info



1997 is a single channel looped video that raises questions about ongoing political issues in Hong Kong. After the first Opium War ended in 1842, the British Empire claimed Hong Kong. China eventually resumed control of the land in the year 1997. Most citizens believed that if China resumed control of their land, media and government operations would begin to lose transparency. 1997 depicts the multi-cultural erasure experienced by the people throughout that time period. As the years go by, and as China continues to govern the region, the cultural diversity that has come to exemplify Hong Kong has been slowly degrading.