In the new series Forever is a lie, always, Vivian further investigates Hong Kong's unique popular culture from a new yet relative perspective. The title Forever is a lie, always 剎那的光輝不是永恆 is inspired by the moment that went down in history and became monumental in the Hong Kong subculture. Veteran Canto-pop singer Ken Choi (蔡楓華 Ken Choi Fung-wah) at the 1985 Jade Solid Gold Best Ten Music Awards Presentation, when Leslie Cheung won three awards, Choi—who was one of the hosts of the awards show—responded, 'A moment of glory is not eternal (剎那的光輝不是永恆).' To say this sparked controversy is somewhat of an understatement as this overzealous comment resulted in Ken Choi being eventually being outcasted from the top tier of the industry and disappearing for approximately a decade.
A recent development in the artist's practice sees a crossover with traditional Chinese painting. The composition evokes the embodiment of landscape painting. Nature paintings that originally evolved during the Tang dynasty and developed to become a genre that stood to represent a commune with nature. Such images would convey specific political, philosophical or social convictions which when combined with Vivian Ho's artistic dynamics produce a similar contemporary result. In this dreamlike universe, once again Vivian invites us to explore these nostalgic cultural scenes and historical Hong Kong moments.
Press release courtesy A2Z Art Gallery.