Spatial politics in socially engaged art – projects about the Umbrella Movement created by two Hong Kong women artists

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Abstract

The Umbrella Movement in 2014 drew attention to Hong Kong from across the world and triggered local artists to respond to the current social and political issues through their art. This article discusses three socially engaged projects created in response to the Umbrella Movement by two women artists: Birthday Cakes (2014) and Love China Love Hong Kong Thick Toast (2015) by Phoebe Man, and Singing Under the Moon for Today and Tomorrow (2015) by Jaffa Lam. This article investigates how the aesthetic regime of these projects is realized from a feminist perspective. It argues that women artists can intervene in the male-dominated representations of borders and spatial politics in Hong Kong art to create an alternative by adopting feminist art tactics. Moreover, women artists can take a step further to reconsider the mechanism of identity politics and pay close attention to relational forms in socially engaged art to achieve the dissensus of aisthesis. After all, it is the construction of a community of dissensus that resonates with the spirit of the Umbrella Movement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-124
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Visual Art Practice
Volume19
Issue number2
Early online date24 Mar 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Hong Kong art
  • Chinese contemporary art
  • women’s art
  • feminist art
  • socially engaged art
  • Umbrella Movement

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