This is a cigarette card from the second series of Arms of Public Schools featuring King’s School, Bruton,
Somerset. The Kings School was where Michael David Irving Gass was educated before studying at Oxford
and Cambridge. Gass was the penultimate High Commissioner of the Western Pacific and Colonial Secretary
of Hong Kong from 1965 – 1969; he was the acting-Governor of Hong Kong during the riots in 1967 and the
mastermind behind the crackdown on the riots.
The artist incorporates the words “Universities Army” which are taken from an advert for King’s Bruton
which he found in a 1934 school handbook describing the then boys school as a place that prepares its pupils
for Universities and the Army.
The plastic body is from Skipper, the sister of Barbie and was made in Hong Kong in 1967.
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