Back To The Basic  Art Exhibition

According to the 5th article of the Basic Law, Hong Kong SAR's previous capitalist system and way of life should remain unchanged for 50 years after 1997. Ten years have past so far, and everyone in Hong Kong is ready to celebrate for this 10th anniversary of the establishment of HKSAR. At least 460 events can be found in Hong Kong for this anniversary throughout the year of 2007.

However, can anyone actually remember how the artworks from a decade ago brought up discussions over the cultural and social issues concerning 1997? Besides celebrations and parties, perhaps it is also the time to be 'Back to the Basic.'

The Basic Law has direct or indirect influence over many important events happened in the past decade in Hong Kong. For example, it was the 23rd article from the Basic Law that caused the July 1st march since 2003 and it was the interpretations of the Basic Law by the National People's Congress that rejected the 2007 universal suffrage. Also, the Basic Law allows Hong Kong to remain its 'Hong Kong, China' status as one of the WTO member. It follows both the sixth WTO Ministerial Conference meeting and the anti-WTO protest took place in Hong Kong in 2005. Besides, the recent mainland baby boom in Hong Kong also is related to the Basic Law.

The current exhibition, by no means, intends to reexamine the articles in the Basic Law or to re-evaluate them. On the other hand, this exhibit attempts to invite artists to make artworks based on their own understanding on the Basic Law, to use art to investigate its symbolic meanings, and to emotionally or rationally reveal the complex relationships between the Basic Law and themselves ever since the handover.

Among the artists in this show, there are some who have made works concerning the identity crisis of Hongkongers before 1997, some who have questioned the changes of Hong Kong through their art pieces during the handover, and some who have artworks to explore the development of the Hong Kong art ecology after 1997. Viewers are invited to discard the preconception of the previous artworks by these artists, like 'Red Action' in which the artist poured red paint toward the Queen Victoria statue, 'Love the Fucking Country', 'Wedding Engagement at the July 1st Protest' etc, and are welcome to appreciate the current exhibit with the most basic notion.

Basically, the Basic Law will continue to rule over Hong Kong and let it remain “unchanged” for another forty years.


Curated by: C & G

Participating Artists: Pan Xing Lei, Leung Po Shan, Kwan Sheung Chi, Cheung Hong Sang(Enoch), Clara & Gum(C & G)

Opening: 6:00pm, (Sat) 9th June, 2007.

Exhibition Period: (Sun)10 June - (Mon)9 July, 2007

Exhibition Time: 2:00 - 8:00pm, Thursday to Monday, (Closed on Tue, Wed and Public Holiday)

Address: 3/F, 222 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong (Behind Pioneer Centre)

"Burning Book" -- Queen's Pier

Artist: Leung Po Shan

The Imperial Decree of Kang Xi

Artist: Enoch Cheung

Teaching Material of the Basic Law

Artist: Pan Xing Lei

Preview about the show on South China Morning Post:

>Photos from the Opening: