Wed. 22.01.20 / 12 pm Online Launch: 花 4 HK by Stacey Ho and PASSPORT Palimpsest by Jane Shi
In Response to Representing the Ephemeral: wen yau on performance, protest, and memory
“This palimpsest contains a collection of sensitive feelings. For the best performance please do not bend, perforate with rubber or real bullets, or expose this palimpsest to government officials (including censorship bureaus) or police officers.”
— Excerpt from Jane Shi’s PASSPORT Palimpsest
Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week announces the launch of 花 4 HK by Stacey Ho and PASSPORT Palimpsest by Jane Shi in response to Hong Kong-based artist and activist wen yau’s performance Representing the Ephemeral: wen yau on performance, protest, and memory presented at grunt gallery on July 9, 2019.
Stacey Ho’s film 花 4 HK recalls the story of a 14-year old girl who was arrested for drawing a chalk flower on a wall during the Yellow Umbrella Movement protests. Ho’s parents also assist translating some of the Yellow Umbrella Movement phrases wen yau used in her performance.
PASSPORT Palimpsest by Jane Shi appropriates and reclaims the form of a Hong Kong passport and uses her diasporic histories and familial connections to the Tiananmen Square protests events of June 4th, 1989 as an emotional backdrop to probe intimacies of memory, resistance, and future.
Response and documentation (photographs and audio) of the event are available here: https://archivesweek.ca/events/representing-the-ephemeral
花 4 HK by Stacey Ho and PASSPORT Palimpsest by Jane Shi responses and event documentation are available here