The man who attends to the times
2018 / action and artist book / color printing / hard cover binding / pp144
How distinguished does an individual's existence has to be before he merits a chronicle of his own? What if it's merely that of a watchman, looking after something — a rickety hut on a slope, a nondescript warehouse by the sea — that has long been relegated to the margins of history?
Say, the dormitories at the "Royal Depot" which, today, has become Oil Street Art Space. There hasn't been any photographs or official documentation of what life was like there when employees of the Government Supplies Department lived in the premises from 1938 to 1998.
But Father was there, when he served as a property attendant at the complex from 1971 to 2000: I've found others who could provide testimonies on his behalf. Along the way, I discovered the transitory nature of Hong Kong's colonial existence, flickering through the many moving fragments charting the existence of the depot. I started this research from the “↑”sign. This is the first half of the book.
In the second half of this book, I tried to take up Father's mantle as a timekeeper. I'll take photographs of passers-by at certain moments of the day, or take a stroll along the same route — Father's route — at a particular time. In this sense, the camera freezes time and captures that moment of joy when strangers meet again. These are encounters devoid of drama but entrenched in the everyday: a testimony for Father and his humble life.
There are 29 copies of “The man who attends to the times”. The latter half of the book will be updated annually. One book will be completed every year, starting in 2018. 29 represents the number of years that her father has been working here.
2018 / 行動，藝術家之書 / 彩色打印/ 精裝 / pp144
project supported by Oi!, WMA
preview of the book, edition of the year 2018, total edition of 29
Room of Resistance, JCCAC, 2019 Sep 28 - Oct 18