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Made in Hong Kong

2007-- (work in progress)
Performance / Installation in progress
11 mins DVD recording the process I study souvenir painting in Da Fen Village, Shenzhen, 186 souvenir paintings, work in progress

In 21 st Century, I tried to reinterpret trade paintings based on the impression and consumption of Mainland Chinese tourists in Hong Kong. The “managed by Hong Kong, research and processed in Shenzhen” system became my platform. I advanced my learning in Shenzhen, produced Hong Kong-themed paintings. I painted Disneyland Mickey Mouse, Bruce Lee,s film still, electronic product shop, Victoria Harbor hyper night scene, Golden Bauhinia Plaza, young gang fill’s still …etc.

Made in Shenzhen looks at “souvenir painting” as a vehicle for understanding the nuances of Hong Kong sensibility. Often sold by street vendors and in tourist market places throughout Hong Kong, souvenir painting has developed a distinctive style typically derived from artists learning the formulaic skills of souvenir painting from a revered Chinese trade painter over the course of a number of years. This form of painting has recorded and examined the manner in which Hong Kong has been depicted for the influx of trading routes and tourism over the course of four decades.