永續找換店 FOREVER X CHANGE

17 Jan 2019 - 1 Feb 2018


PRÉCÉDÉE

上水,香港特別行政區 ⇄ 羅湖,中國深圳市
Sheung Shui, Hong Kong (SAR) ⇄ Lo Wu, Shenzhen (CN)

07/01/2019 15:25:01 鴻運人民幣找換店
07/01/2019 16:12:35 深圳市星旺货币兑换有限公司
07/01/2019 16:41:09 第一國際資源有限公司
07/01/2019 17:39:04 深圳市星旺货币兑换有限公司
07/01/2019 18:20:11 泰昌人民幣找換行


Media coverage :


"The first appearance of the ouroboros—the mythological snake that eats its own tail—appears in an ancient funerary text discovered in the tomb of Tutankhamen in 14th century BC. Across cultures, this act of autophagy has symbolized the cyclical processes of life and death, whose union can be seen formulating pre-modern conceptions of eternity. In the small alleyway of Hi Lung Lane in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, such iconography gains unexpected meaning cast in the bright LED awning hanging over a currency exchange shop. In the window display, two video monitors depict the trek made by hundreds daily, back and forth across the Hong Kong-Shenzhen border, at some point honing in on a pair of hands fervently exchanging Chinese yuan for Hong Kong dollars, and back again. “Forever X Change” at Précédée artspace is a currency exchange bureau where seemingly nothing is gained and nothing is sold.

The repeated task of exchanging minuscule amounts of cash between Hong Kong dollars and Chinese yuan may appear Sisyphean. In the context of Hong Kong, however, it’s political. A Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong is constantly negotiating its slow eclipse by the mainland (with whom it shares both its history and landmass); the latter seeks to rein in the territory’s existence as both a free market economy and bastion of democracy. For the Mainland-born, Hong Kong-raised artist, Ip Wai Lung, each day continues an ongoing exploration of identity on rapidly shifting and heterogenous terrain. Proposing that what distinguishes one side of the border from another might simply be a difference in currency, the artist considers the arbitrariness of such divisions while making a sarcastic jab at the economics that often take precedent over attitudes and lived experiences of a population. Hong Kong and China, the work suggests, are united precisely by that which sets them apart: In both identity and economy, it is a relationship of interdependence that drives and is driven by an imperative to keep things circulating."

Wrote by Ming Lin published in Ran Dian









©2019 Ip Wai Lung