CHOW Chun Fai

 
Reproducing “Infernal Affairs”  (2007), video still, courtesy of the artist, special thanks to  Videotage

Reproducing “Infernal Affairs” (2007), video still, courtesy of the artist, special thanks to Videotage

 

Reproducing “Infernal Affairs”

2007, video, 2’51”

The artist created 58 paintings reproducing classic scenes from the famed Hong Kong gangster filmInfernal Affairs. The 58 paintings were then displayedone after another in front of a television set where themovie was playing and then recorded producing a video just short of 3 minutes. “The classics are bookswhich exercise a particular influence, both when theyimprint themselves on our imagination as unforgettable and when they hide in the layers of memory disguised as the individual’s or the collective’s unconscious.”

–Why Read the Classics?, Italo Calvino, 1981

 

CHOW Chun Fai

Born 1980 in Hong Kong, lives and works in Hong Kong

A graduate from the Department of Fine Arts of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Chow Chun Fai is not only an artist but also a political activist. He is the chairman of theFotanian Artist Village and in 2012, ran unsuccessfullyfor a cultural post in the Hong Kong Legislative Councilelections. Inspired by his experience as a taxi driver upuntil 2007, his early works consisted of depicting Hong Kong’s landscapes and political and socio-economical situations through the eyes of a local taxi driver. His works have been showcased in various galleries and museums, as well as biennials. He was awarded the “Hong Kong Arts Centre 30th Anniversary Award Grand Prize”.