Wish You Were Here (2014). Live performances and installation.
Performing Identity: Conforming and Resistance in Post-colonial Hong Kong (2004-2014) Video review.
Wen Yau, Wish You Were Here. Long durational performance installation at the Venice International Performance Art Week (2014). Photograph by Monika Sobczak.
and works in Hong Kong.
cross-media artist, researcher, curator and writer, Wen Yau has been
concentrating on performance/live art and time-based media in the last few
years. Her works often grapple with cultural difference and intimacy in public
space. Recent projects include I am a
Grade D Artist (mixed media, 2009-2013), i-(s)wear project (one-to-one performance, 2007-), TengSeWong/Voice-Writer series (media
& live art, 2005-), I pledge (not)
guilty (live art, 2004-05), etc. Her work has been shown widely across Asia
and Europe. She is also actively engaged in creative and arts educational projects
and curated various project in Hong Kong. She has been working as Researcher
for Hong Kong and Project Researcher at the Asia Art Archive and contributes to
various newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong and Asia. She is also the co-founder
of Woofer Ten, a local art space based in Hong Kong advocating social practices.
the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK, Wen Yau curates the video review Performing Identity: Conforming and Resistance in Post-colonial Hong Kong (2004-2014). The
year 2003 marks a significant time in Hong Kong as half a million people
unprecedentedly took to the street. Since then, struggles have been seen in numerous social, political and
cultural issues; more and more artists have been taking an active role on the
frontline. From individual to collective
actions, as well as collaborative and participatory projects, Hong Kong artists
are developing a range of creative tactics to deal with arts, social, cultural,
gender politics, etc. Metaphor and sense
of humour can be seen in these works of parady, re-enactment and social
engagement, showing a mixed aesthetics of conforming and resistance in their
performative practices. Contributors include AJ+, Complaint Choir Hong Kong;
C&G; Rental United; Woofer Ten, CHING Chin Wai, Luke; KWAN Sheung Chi; LAM
Lamm, Jaffa; Him LO (People’s Football); wen yau; yuenjie Maru; Kacey WONG (Art
Wen Yau further presents Wish You Were Here (2014), a durational performance installation addressing freedom, democracy and the slogan that has been posted a lot in the current protest. The imprisonment of hope and demand, and a voice that could not be heard or seen, even if painstakingly tried.
Further a live stream performance from Hong Kong addressing the recent developments in Hong Kong:
the water rises
hearts will be drowned
the sun and moon will set as usual
you hear me screaming
you hear me snoozing
is my suitcase?
it around and keep roaring
day the bell is still ringing
are still strolling around
our souls will soar
if we were here.
Wen Yau, Wish You Were Here. Detail of the installation at the Venice International Performance Art Week (2014). Photograph by Samanta Cinquini.
Wen Yau, Wish You Were Here. Detail of the installation with live stream of the performance in Hong Kong. Venice International Performance Art Week (2014).
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