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Pak Sheung Chuen, Tozer

Sacred Object (No. DCCC901-16 # 12): The Person Walking with His Head Covered, 2017
DCCC901-16#12/170616(11:49- 1:56)/DC(WK)/J:KWK/P:HKSAR/D:MJT-XXX- CCH-HKS-FTH-CWC- TKC-LCH- LWW-YCF- XXX/Riot
Cast iron
Edition of 12
45 x 10 x 3 cm
Courtesy of the artist


Pak Sheung Chuen (b. 1977, Fujian province) is one of Hong Kong’s most respected artists. This special edition is a new work produced by Pak for his exhibition at Para Site, 2017, based on an automatic drawing he made in a courtroom during the trials of political activists prosecuted by the government in the wake of the Mong Kok Riots. 

By coincidence, Pak saw a defendant in Case No. DCC901-16 on the street in Hong Kong on the eve of his trial. Pak decided to follow the defendant and his friend to a restaurant, without them noticing. During the trial the following day, Pak tried to conceal himself from the defendant, so as not to be recognised from the night before. During the trial, Pak made an automatic drawing, which he later interpreted as a person walking with his head covered, an indirect response to the experience he had on the eve of the trial and at the trial itself.

This cast iron edition is the person from this drawing, whom Pak closely identifies with.


This work bears the serial number DCCC901-16#12/170616(11:49-1:56)/DC(WK)/J:KWK/P:HKSAR/D:MJT-XXX- CCH-HKS- FTH-CWC- TKC-LCH- LWW-YCF-XXX/Riot. These codes were created by Pak Sheung Chuen for the works in his exhibition at Para Site, enabling him to reference many specifics of the court case in each work’s title.

Pak Sheung Chuen (b. 1977, Fujian, China) lives and works in Hong Kong. Pak’s practice often deals with and reflects upon the contradicting absurdness and ordinariness of everyday life in a poetic and humorous nature, thus creating a critical yet poignant sentiment for its viewers. well known as a regular visual arts columnist in the local newspaper Mingpao Daily News between 2003 and 2007. Pak has exhibited his works internationally, at the Taipei Biennial in 2010 and 2012, Liverpool Biennial 2012, Biennale Cuvee 10 in 2010, 3rd Yokohama Triennial in 2008, 3rd Guangzhou Triennial in 2008 and 6th Busan Biennale in 2006. He represented Hong Kong at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. 

Past exhibitions and projects include Discordant Harmony, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan, Mountain Sites: Views of Laoshan, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China, in 2016; Tales From The Taiping Era, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, China, in 2015; Killing 3000, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China, CAFAM-Future Exhibition, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China, in 2012; Vision of Nature, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, in 2011; and Hong Kong Diary, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, in 2010. He received Best Artist in the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards in 2012, and Best Artist Award in Hong Kong by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2013. Pak was awarded the Overseas Exchange Prize (Chinese Performance Art) by the Macao Museum of Art in 2005 and 2008.


If you are interested in purchasing this Limited Edition, please contact Apoorva Rajagopal at apoorva@para-site.art