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At the Twelfth Hour: Confessions of a Hongkonger by Tse Fei

September 12 @ 10:00 am - September 15 @ 6:00 pm

At the Twelfth Hour: Confessions of a Hongkonger
by Tse Fei

September 12th, 7pm – 10pm
September 13th – 15th, 10am – 6pm

Opening Reception: Flux Thursday, September 12th, 7-10 pm

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If the idiom “the eleventh hour” refers to the final moment, then “the twelfth hour” means that it is too late. For the artist Tse Fei, the twelfth hour references a feeling of guilt that he may be missing out.

Message from Tse Fei
Hong Kong has been in political chaos since June 2019. As the anti-extradition bill movement continues to intensify, the local government has stayed brutally blind to the demands of the public. As untimely a career move as it was, I chose to leave my hometown for New York City to become an Artist-in-Residence at Flux Factory.

Despite more than a month’s stay in NYC, I failed to adapt to my daily life – I could not refrain from binge-watching live videos of the demonstrations in Hong Kong. The exhibition At the Twelfth Hour uses the 12-hour time difference between Hong Kong and NYC to highlight my desperation and homesickness while wrestling with both the physical distance and a virtual network.

I hope that when I return to Hong Kong, I do not regret that I was away from my city during this historic moment.

Biography
Tse Fei is a conceptual artist and a secondary school Visual Arts teacher. Tse Fei was a janitor, was a security guard, was a designer; was a worker in a construction site; was an architecture student. As Shakespeare said, “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” He believes that the possibility of a man and his art should be unlimited.

(Hong Kong viewers who are unable to visit the site can go to www.facebook.com/fei.tse.3/videos_by during the exhibition to watch the live broadcast of one of my works.)


《第十二小時:一個香港人的告白》
謝斐 個展如果俚語「第十一小時」的意思是最後的一刻,那麼「第十二小時」所表達的,就是錯過之後的內疚。香港自2019年6月起陷入政治亂局,一方面反對修訂逃犯條例的示威越趨激烈,另一方面政府一直對市民的訴求無動於衷。而我卻在此時,要無奈離開故鄉,前來紐約,作駐留藝術家。
由於總是無法自控地觀看示威直播,我在這一個多月來一直未能適應紐約的生活。是次展覽借助香港和紐約的十二小時時差,向觀眾訴說我在異地的無力感與鄉愁,並探討物理距離與虛擬網絡之間的角力。但願我回港之時,並無錯過太多,未致後悔莫及。(未能現場參觀的香港觀眾可於展覽期間前往 https://www.facebook.com/fei.tse.3/videos_by 觀看其中一件作品的直播。)鳴謝:
Flux Factory
英華書院

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Start:
September 12 @ 10:00 am
End:
September 15 @ 6:00 pm
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