Dimensions variable. Leung Chi Wo’s reflective practice combines historical exploration with conceptual inquiry within a contemporary urban landscape. Ranging from photography and video to text, performance and installation, the artist is concerned with the undetermined relationship between conception, perception and understanding, especially in relation to site and history within cultural/political frameworks. English born, Aston Webb, architect of the Former Supreme Court, HK and London’s V&A Museum is the starting point for this series of work which transforms into a complex network of ideas, histories and interpretations. Neoclassical in style the Supreme Court is one of the few remaining colonial structures in Hong Kong, the dome of which is modeled on that of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. The V&A and Former Supreme Court share the fact that they bare damage from conflict. Twelve marble sculptures, each a letter spelling ENEMY BOMBING modeled on a commemorative inscription on the Aston Webb facade of the V&A, London after it was bombed.
About Leung Chi Wo
Leung Chi Wo’s is a self-described artist of “photography, sculpture, craftswork, food, performance, furniture, installation, video,” all of which become ways that Leung looks at ethnic identity and history, at both local and global scales. Leung, who studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and co-founded the artist space Para/Site in 1996, is particularly interested in the identity and politics of Hong Kong after its return to China. Some pieces make use of text in both English and Chinese, or engage with local inhabitants and sites. Leung conversely looks at the effects of globalization and global consumerism on cultures around the world. In 2007, Leung completed a series of paintings on canvas featuring western logos, brands, and celebrity names translated into languages like Arabic, Thai, and Hebrew.
Hong Kong, b. 1968