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 The former experiments with creating historical documents using a narrative of personal experiences and memories.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.
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。
A Room of Resistance, JCCAC, 2019 Sep 28 - Oct 18