(Not) Just a Historical Document: Hong Kong-Taiwan Video Art 1980-1990s
Video art emerged simultaneously in Taiwan and Hong Kong in the early 1980s, with artists utilising this immediate and instantaneous medium to proactively engage with social issues.
Hong Kong has now been handed over to China for more than two decades, and martial law has been lifted in Taiwan for more than 30 years; they have both experienced the major historical moments: the Sino-British Joint Declaration in 1984, the end of martial law in Taiwan in 1987, the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, and the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1997. Looking back upon the video art of Taiwan and Hong Kong in the 1980s and 1990s, we find an opportunity to reflect on history, as we see the distinct sentiments and insights through the lens of our present, in which tensions with China have become increasingly apparent.
The films in this programme will be exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei.
Co-curator: SING Song-Yong
Co-organiser: Videotage, VMAC