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"Hi! Houses" to present dialogues between artists and old houses
     An art project entitled "Hi! Houses", organised by the Art Promotion Office, will open exhibitions at the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, the Old House at Wong Uk Village, the Law Uk Folk Museum and the Sam Tung Uk Museum respectively on four consecutive Sundays from January 1 next year. The project will take visitors on a new journey into the long traditions and historical legacies of these old houses by displaying site-specific public artworks.

     The project invited four renowned local artists, namely Wilson Shieh, Lam Tung-pang, Fiona Wong and Jaffa Lam, to create site-specific public artworks at the above-mentioned sites respectively, basing their work on field research, historical narratives, the regional context and their personal experiences.

     Wilson Shieh endowed various artistic elements such as Canton enamel from the ceramics of the Tongzhi era of the Qing dynasty, wallpaper patterns, Hong Kong college architectural styles of the Victorian period and Ukiyo-e from the Meiji era of Japan to create artistic screens to be placed in the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum. Shieh said he hoped to trace the footsteps of Dr Sun Yat-sen throughout his life with visitors and review the revolutionary history from another perspective.

     Lam Tung-pang put old furniture that he collected from different places into the Old House at Wong Uk Village. By looking at the old furniture, visitors will be able to recall the past and be inspired to reminisce about a past era and explore its history. Lam said he also hoped, with the help of sounds and images as well as a series of public programmes, to transform the Old House into an interactive space that can be studied and viewed at ease, exploring with visitors how old houses can relate to themselves.
     Working from a modern perspective, Fiona Wong is giving the rooms of the Law Uk Folk Museum a new design and decoration by putting new furniture and clothes made with porcelain together with the existing old furniture. Juxtaposing the old and the new, Wong will not only present the desire of modern people toward home in this historic site, but also discuss the connection between the Hakka spirit and the universal culture with visitors.

     Jaffa Lam will present scenes of the Chan clan's daily life in Sam Tung Uk with various art installations. Blending the Hakka migration story with her personal experience, Lam has also created Nanyin music to be played in the exhibition. The music can not only strengthen the fact that Nanyin is a form of intangible cultural heritage, but also let visitors examine the meanings of "home" and "guest".

     The exhibitions will run until June 30 next year. For details of the project, please visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/APO/en_US/web/apo/hi_houses.html or call 2512 3000.
Ends/Friday, December 30, 2016
Issued at HKT 16:04
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