The Co-op in my Dream
texts, 1980s photos and slides, suitcase, clock, chairs, archival print and documents
The Co-op in my Dream points to a new form of prosperous life. The document (FCO 87/1618) by The National Archives (UK) in 1983 proposes that Britain move 5.5 million Hong Kong people to Ulster in Ireland. Yim Sui Fong dreamed about the housing and living systems of these emigrants operating in the form of cooperatives which inspired by current leaderless structure of Anti–Extradition Law Amendment Bill movement.
Yim recreates an alternative fictional history based on ‘found’ objects from abandoned Co-op housing in Hong Kong, ‘recorded’ Republic-ques official letters, the ideas from the declassified document (FCO 87/1618) and the mobilization method of the movement. She sees such imagination as a form of “active action” and a way of resistance to reinterpret moments in history. However, this proposal of a more ideal life is based on the fear of Hong Kong's future.
*The work is inspired from an interview with a former Co-op housing resident in Hong Kong.
2019 / 混合媒介裝置