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

September 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - September 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC-5

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.

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 during the exhibition to watch the live broadcast of one of my works.)

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 觀看其中一件作品的直播。)鳴謝:
Flux Factory


September 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am UTC-5
September 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC-5
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