Hong Kong Artists Challenge Children’s Day
Why We Recommend it
Featuring the work of noted artists, among whom Wong Ping and Cheng Ting Ting, this exhibit aims to reveal and challenge Hong Kong Children’s Day’s ingrained power structures.
A collaboration between Para Site and Goethe-Institut Hongkong, this exhibit features both newly commissioned and existing works by Luke Casey, Oscar Chan Yik Long, Cheng Ting Ting, Lu Pingyuan, Mountain River Jump! and Wong Ping.
*underground-children-festival takes Children’s Day in Hong Kong as its departure point, which takes place on April 4 each year. Children’s Day is set up to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children, as well as to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of children worldwide.
This exhibition explores the impossibility of the festival to fully proclaim children’s rights and to celebrate their autonomy, as adults are the ultimate decision makers and de facto authorities governing the day’s events, subjecting children to commemorative activities.
*underground-children-festival playfully exploits these contradictions and the absurdity of this day, using Children’s Day as a broader metaphor for the hypocrisy of other officially mandated public celebrations.
The exhibition will also play host to a number of free public programmes, including a music night and a Facebook live stream.