KWAN Sheung Chi
A Flags-Raising-Lowering Ceremonyon My Home’s Clothes Drying Rack
2007, HD video, color, stereo sound, 1’47’’
In the year of the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, I invited artist Lee Kit to hand-paint a HKSAR regional flag for me, which had to follow the detail instructions in “The State’s Standards of The People’s Republic of China, GB16689- 1996”, issued by the State Authority of Technical Monitoring. My girlfriend Wong Wai Yin sewed the painted cloth into a flag. I then asked my parents to perform a flags-raising-lowering ceremony on their home’s clothes drying rack, with the hand- painted flag, and the national flag of the People’s Republic of China and that of the United Kingdom. In the video, the flags were continuously raised and lowered arbitrarily by my parents, the national anthem of the associated flag was played or suddenly paused while the flag was raised or lowered.
KWAN Sheung Chi
Born 1980 in Hong Kong; lives and works in Hong Kong
Kwan Sheung Chi obtained a third honor B.A. degree in Fine Art from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2003. He was not accepted onto the MFA program from the CUHK in 2004 and 2007. He was also a founding member of local art groups, Hong Kong Arts Discovery Channel (HKADC), hkPARTg (Political Art Group) and Woofer Ten. In 2009, He was awarded the Starr Foundation Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council, to take part in an international residency program in New York, USA. He won the inaugural HUGO BOSS ASIA ART in 2013. His artworks haven’t been widely exhibited around the world, and he has never participated in any major exhibitions held internationally.