Usually, I would start my work with a joke or some kind of funny idea. So, this time, it’s like … when I
talk to my friends in Hong Kong, my class mates, they would always ask me – because I am from
mainland China –, they would always ask me as a mainlander how is my point of view of this
movement and then they would explain their point of view. So, I think, “ok, there is a very strange
position here because we are all from China but somehow we have different identities. So, I think I
would start from this and I will try to find some ready-made objects. For example, in this work, it’s a
media representation of the Hong Kong protest.
And then there is the strangely made toy which is for a commercial use originally because it is
intended to be put in window shops for people to see what are the products of some kind of dessert
So, I think this ready-made object which already has a meaning can be altered here because of this
parallel of an identity crisis and then I would just superimpose them on each other because I think it
will be visually very interesting to see.
I would take the “Ribbon-raising game” as an example again. I started this idea with a funny thought
of this changing colour of the ribbon which represents different political opinions and then try to
make it into a very colourful game form so that people who have actually seen the work would
somehow detect this kind of ridiculousness inside and then I think the work doesn’t end with this,
with only the exhibition. I think the documentation of the exhibition is also very important. When I
document carefully about this work and also about my thoughts of the work. Usually I would
produce them into some kind of physical form like a booklet or brochure. After the exhibition I
would try to show other people this work and ask what they think about the work. Because I think
somehow this idea of a very light-hearted attitude towards this very serious movement, I think this is
my intention of the exhibition and I would like it to be circulating or to be discussed by more people
or … So people would say, “ok, this is also a way to look at the movement or to look at art”. So, my
documentation is also one of the most important processes of my artwork.