Ellen PAU

 
Song of Goddess  (1992), video still, courtesy of the artist, special thanks to  Videotage

Song of Goddess (1992), video still, courtesy of the artist, special thanks to Videotage

 

Song of Goddess

1992, video, 6’38”1”

The work pays tribute to the famous Cantonese Opera duo Yam Kim-fai and Pak Suet-sin. The two women play the role of lovers, with Yam in male drag. The couple has worked together on stage and in films. They were so popular that Yam was regarded as the “on-screen lover”. Neither ever married and they lived together for most of their lives. When Yam died in 1991, Pak organisedher funeral and wrote a banner saying, “I would die ahundred times to bring you back to me”. In this video, their film Tragedy of the Poet King and their own real-life stories create a mosaic that tells the tale of dying a hundred times and forever. They are caught betweenreality and illusion, past and present, parted and together.

 

Ellen PAU

Born 1961 in Hong Kong, lives and works in Hong Kong

A graduate from the Diagnostic Radiography Department of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Ellen PAU has since worked as a full-time professional radiographer. She is also a self-taught media artist, filmmaker and curator. She made her first super-8 film in 1984, and soongained recognition both in her local and then internationalart scenes. As a pioneer in video art in Hong Kong, PAU’s works have been shown in festivals, biennales and museums worldwide. She has also played a significant role in promoting video and media arts in Hong Kong. In 1986, she co-founded the media art collective Videotage, and has been the co-founding director and curator of Hong Kong’sMicrowave International Media Art Festival since 1996.