Water and Ashes for Creative (R)Evolution Dec 3-7 2019


The exhibition “Water and Ashes for Creative (R)Evolution” was inspired by the plethora of recent creations by various artists and the Hong Kong public during the recent protests against police violence and authoritarianism.

This leaderless movement and its revolutionised tactics have impressed the world. The unwritten guiding principle of this decentralized movement, ‘Be Water’, was inspired by the philosophy of legendary martial artist Bruce Lee, who once advised in an interview, ‘Be formless, shapeless, like water…Now water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend.’

The majority of the artists contributed to the exhibition were from Hong Kong. Witnessing the struggle and suffering of the people in their hometown, they turned to artistic expression. In face of Hong Kong’s dwindling liberty, they are determined not to be silenced. Their determination is expressed among protesters through a popular quote from Jack London, renowned novelist, journalist and social activist, ‘I would rather be ashes than dust! …The function of man is to live, not to exist.’

Revolving around the fluidity of the movement and the resolute determination of protesters, Water and Ashes brought Hong Kong’s protests to Paris through a variety of mediums. Some artists and their works were directly involved in the protests—either performed live in protest areas, or as protest materials or interactive art, from Victoria Park to Hong Kong International Airport.

Others, through poetry, photography, digital paintings and illustrations, presented their perspectives and expressed their emotions as they watched their city burn. The exhibition also featured works of a French artist and an American artist, testimony to fact that ideas are not only bulletproof but also go beyond boundaries.

The exhibition was held Dec 3 to 7, 2019 with an opening on the 3rd in which representatives from the organiser ‘Comité pour la liberté à Hongkong’ who gave speeches. Other than the 20 plus pieces of artwork on display, the exhibition program included drama performances, screening of two films ‘Ten Years’ and ‘Yellowing’, a sharing session with some of the artists and testimony of French living in Hong Kong.

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