1960 born in hong kong.
he came to international attention with his “redwhiteblue” series,
which he presented at the 51st venice biennale in 2005 representing hong kong.
he was awarded the hong kong contemporary art awards 2012 and
the hong kong arts development awards 2011 – award for best artist (visual arts) in 2012.
his “lanwei” series was collected by M+ museum, hong kong in 2013.
impermanence / 無常
cause-and-effect arises from
self-serving desires, wishful thinking.
over a decade ago, i discussed with
my friend about how funerals would
take place and how to say the last goodbyes.
once the discussion started,
i told my friend we would continue it
some other time. if we had continued,
the thing that would have bothered me
most would be the coffin.
i couldn’t accept that they’re
even the recently-developed eco-friendly coffins, which were born of death,
could only be used once.
i couldn’t accept that coffins looked
too complicated, too curvy,
(that was before the minimalist paper coffin
design appeared) because i have always
been a perfectionist who swears
by right angles and straight lines.
but the worst thing about the coffin is
the sense of estrangement. i wondered,
why would i want to be enclosed in
an object that has nothing to do with me?
why would i let something that i have
no feelings for to be at my side during
my last moment in this world?
after lengthy deliberation,
i decided on a sofa bed which i would
use for 30, maybe 50 years, and then get
packed up along with it and go…
how nice, how warm
What’s more, as i get involved
with the sofa bed day in day out,
i get a first-hand experience of death
as part of living, and at the same time,
take a close reexamination of my own life.
impermanence is in-between
the sofa bed and the coffin.
impermanence is in-between life,
death and next life.
and in-between, is to cherish,
to be positive, proactive, free…
impermanence is to experience life.
是正面⋯ 是積極⋯ 是自在⋯