Jun 16 – Jul 31, 2018
Geothe-Institut Hong Kong
14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre
2, Harbour Road, Wanchai
Opening Reception: 16 June, 2018, 4:00pm onwards
Para Site and Goethe-Institut Hong Kong are delighted to present *underground-children-festival, an exhibition curated by Jens Cheung and Jill Angel Chun, on view at Goethe-Institute Hong Kong from 16 June to 31 July, 2018. This exhibition is the first joint-project by the two institutions supporting emerging curators, selected through an open call from alumni of Para Site's Emerging Art Professionals program over the past three years. Featuring newly commissioned and existing works by Luke Casey, Oscar Chan Yik Long, Ting Ting Cheng, Lu Pingyuan, Mountain River Jump!, and Wong Ping, *underground-children-festival takes Children’s Day in Hong Kong as its departure point, playfully exploiting contradictions within the festival’s intentions to reveal and to challenge its ingrained power structures.
Although rarely observed, Hong Kong Children’s Day takes place on 4 April each year. For many years, children have been subjected to commemorative activities and events with adults being the ultimate decision makers and de facto authorities governing the day’s events. This exhibition explores the impossibility of this festival to fully proclaim children’s rights and to celebrate their autonomy. Addressing this fundamental flaw, through the works of these seven artists, *underground-children-festival seeks to illustrate the absurdity of this day, as a metaphor for the hypocrisy of other officially mandated public celebrations.
Public Programmes for *underground-children-festival
The Great Wong Lo Kut Day (小黃老吉日)
Library, Goethe-Institut Hongkong
Guest: Mountain River Jump!
Conducted in Cantonese & English
Responding to the ingrained power structure found in festivals, this program invites the artist duo Mountain River Jump! to discuss the ultimate festival planner, the Chinese traditional calendar of Tung Shing, which recommends suspending activities at 5pm on the 16th of June.
Happily Ever After (Live) (快樂直播)
Guest: Oscar Chan Yik Long
Conducted in Cantonese
Happiness is often the measure of a good childhood. This event invites artists to explore alternative notions of happiness, discussing their practice and childhood memories in the hyper-real context of an amusement park.
Hysterical Lullaby (Music Night) (歇斯底里搖籃曲)
Got Beef, Central Pier 7
Co-organizer: Hong Kong Community Radio (HKCR)
Collaborating with Hong Kong Community Radio, this program commemorates the 21st anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong at the new Central Pier. The event invites young artists and musicians to channel the ambiguity of this history.
Books Burning Party (焚書派對)
Guests: Cheng Ting Ting & Luke Casey
Conducted in Cantonese and English
This final public programme event invites artists to revisit their childhood. Many authors interpret and experiment with notions of childhood in different ways. Book Burning Party attempts to undermine some of the conventional notions of childhood, by exploring the different ideals that have been constructed through these texts.