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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
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 www.facebook.com/fei.