LEE Wing Ki | 李泳麒
Born in 1981, Hong Kong; based in Hong Kong
This exhibition addresses 'the fading image' as a conceptual, physical, visual and photographic phenomenon. Over the span of ten years, the artist has collected printed materials, film negatives, photographic magazines and sound recordings related to Hong Kong, China, and North Korea. The found materials were then photographed and printed in various processes in an attempt to initiate reinterpretation. For example, an image of a flower named after Kim Jong-il, the second leader of North Korea, was recreated but with its originally vivid colors removed. A portrait of Mao Zedong, the founding father of the People's Republic of China, was remade into a wet plate collodion photo. As these politically-charged images underwent intentional artistic processes, this brings into question original meanings and questions permanence.