The man who attends to the times


2018 – work in progress

Installation of 29 unique copies of artist book (pp144, color printing, hard cover binding)

and archival objects in 8 boxes

Installation size variable

Project supported by Oi! & WMA




The man who attends to the times is an installation that consists of 29 artist books and eight objects. The books are composed with two timelines. The former experiments with creating historical documents using a narrative of personal experiences and memories. The latter attempts to deconstruct the framework of history. The work is both a representation of the city and a memorial for a father and his occupation.


1971-2000: Untracing the story behind my father’s workplace - as caretaker of the Government Supplies Department (the predecessor of Oil Street Art Space). Searching through archives and interviewing ex-colleagues, I discovery the history of this colonial government warehouse, which was virtually undocumented previously. I also uncover the meaning of the ↑ symbol found on government supplies. In the first half of the books, history is reconstructed using fragments from my father’s 29 years of service. The contents may be modified annually.


I follow in my father’s footsteps, based on the tales of his daily commute. Using photography and collage, I compose the remainder of the book with documentation of the journey, and of the people and scenery encountered along the way. The ceremonial act of producing annual records creates a visual history of the city since the handover. The insertion of such personal documents gives a reinterpretation of the two timelines of history.












這是一個由 29本藝術家之書及8件物品姐成的裝置。書中有兩條時間線,演繹個人經歷和記憶如何創造歷史檔案,同時試圖瓦解歷史建構的方法。作品既是一度城市的風景,同時是一個父親與其職業的紀念碑。


1971年 – 2000年:追朔看管員父親與工作的地方 – 政府物料供應處(藝術空間油街實現的前身)的故事,透過訪問前同事及資料搜集,為幾乎沒有歷史檔案的港英政府的倉庫,追朔政府物料上印上的符號「↑」意義,並由父親29年工作的故事出發重組歷史碎片,這是書的上半部。內容每年或作修改。


2018年 – 2046年:我沿襲父親走路上班的傳說,以攝影和貼紙作為方法,沿路拍攝,每年更新書下半部重覆遇上的人事風景,以持之以恆如儀式的年度紀錄,為回歸後的這段時間創作城市視覺紀錄,好比以個人的檔案介入兩段時間線歷史的解讀。


exhibition in-situ

A Room of Resistance, JCCAC, 2019 Sep 28 - Oct 18

© 2021 by Yim Sui Fong

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