So close and yet so far away
The starting point of my project came from exploring my identity, through research and the gathering of images, tried to lay out the disjointed narratives of history and objects that crossed paths at Hong Kong.
I was born in mainland China, moved and lived in Hong Kong, and later studied in the United Kingdom. Various experiences reflected the history of colonial Hong Kong. Hong Kong has completed the political regression on the long history depicted under the linear history view. However, it does not imply that people have found their ‘home’. Under the influence of the political movement, I can’t deny that I am a Hong Kong citizen. Still, in the face of China, the vague sense of identity makes me often think about the change of my identity.
In 2020, Hong Kong has experienced unprecedented changes. While exploring the changes in identity, I have an imagination of the tangible and intangible borders. The scars and smears on the surface of the city can be repaired, but the wounds in the hearts of Hong Kong people will never heal. Without those boundaries, Hong Kong would never exist. The borders symbolize identity, history and uniqueness, and the borders are gradually blurred under the change of the Chinese government that tries to suppress and distort the development of this city.
"So close and yet so far away" attempts to combine daily life portrayals of words and borders, using historical objects such as flags, historical documents and old photos archives, etc. Many metaphors and symbols are full of fears and doubts about the future of Hong Kong and the mixed feelings about the increasingly strange tension of the environment. Under the leadership of the current government, people’s anxiety continues to increase, the identity of the diaspora in the community, as well as the struggle and changes in the nature of the city, leading to further division and tearing of Hong Kong society. I hope to expand my feelings about history in this way due to the influence of different cultures and lifestyles, but it also shows that this is not just my personal story, but the story of Hong Kong as a whole.