Disappeared Hong Kong Art Series

Ghost – Disappeared Hong Kong Art (1): 90s, Kurt Chan, 2013
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Audio description in empty room
Audio: 3:13 mins. (looped)
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“Ghost…” was produced and commissioned by the Burger Collection as part of the “I Think It Rains” exhibition platform initiated this past May 2013. The work is a long term project about the disappeared art of the 1990s from Hong Kong, a time where installation art was very prevalent. Ephemeral and uncollected, these works have but a ghostly presence– their visual traces merely apparent as slides or in art history publications. For Lam Tung Pang these pieces are like ghosts, lingering between existence and non-existence.

Exhibition in:

I Think It Rains, Quadrilogy 2, Hong Kong
Burger Collection
May 16–June 30, 2013
Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Collected by Burger Collection

One mirror two images, Bing Lee – Disappeared Hong Kong Art (2)
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Being Disappeared – Disappeared Hong Kong Art (3)
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is a set of large fiberglass Chinese bowls that have been sawed apart. Earlier in his life, Lam Tung-pang participated in a project reforming the villages in Hong Kong, and later transformed this experience into an artwork. The forms of three bowls were used as carriers to convey the concept of coexistence of urban and rural life. The work, completed in 2013, was originally planned to be exhibited at a public art installation, however on the opening day there was a disagreement between the project leader and the venue, leading to the exhibition being cancelled even before it was open to the public. The works were installed and stored for on-site for only 12 hours before being dismantled.
The unexpected collapse of communication had a great impact on Lam Tung-pang. As he witnessed first-hand the dramatic unfolding of events, he was struck by the uncompromising stances of the two sides; and yet, being able to empathize with the opposing viewpoints of each side, he became immediately aware of the conflicting views that existed within himself. After the work was returned to his studio, he decided to saw the large bowls into pieces and include it in his
Disappeared Hong Kong series, with his writing “when situation changes, so does art.”
The artist stored this “disappeared” piece in Kwai Tsing Container Terminals, Hong Kong for three and a half years, until it was exhibited at Chambers Fine Art, Beijing in 2017. After seeing the piece in Beijing, curator Hou Hanru selected the piece to be included in the 2017
Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism & Architecture, where it was installed in the revitalized Ancient City of Nantou in Shenzhen.

Exhibition in: Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism & Architecture, December, 2017

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Exhibition in: Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism & Architecture, December, 2017