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Imagine there’s no country, Above us only our cities

Editor Ocula 29 July 2015
Bottom Line, excerpt from the work Speech from Qiáo Xiǎo Yang on 24th March, 2013 by Elvis Yip Kin Bon. The work is part of Para Site's upcoming exhibition Imagine there's no country, Above us only our cities, from 1 August to 6 September. Image courtesy of Para Site Hong Kong

With tensions brewing in Hong Kong, questions of identity have re-emerged as pertinent concerns for artists. Taking its title from Xixi's My City, Para Site's upcoming exhibition hones in on personal conflicts and encounters set amongst the seething complexities of nationhood.

Imagine there’s no country, Above us only our cities momentarily suspends ideas of nationality, and proposes the city as a place of origin, free from the limitations of country. Twelve Hong Kong-based artists trace their metropolitan ties through publically and privately enacted cues. Luke Ching's 7 CCTVs, for example, examines residual and economic influence through corporate logos burnt into tv screens, opening up the exhibition to questions of belonging and political difference.

Curated by Jims Lam Chi Hang, the show also includes new works by Oscar Chan Yik Long, Cheng Ting Ting, Mark Chung, Chris Huen Sin Kan, Lam Hoi Sin, Lau Wai, Ng Ka Chun, Eason Tsang Ka Wai, Tang Kwok Hin, Morgan Wong and Elvis Yip Kin Bon.

Imagine there’s no country, Above us only our cities
1 August - 6 September 2015

Para Site
22/F Wing Wah Industrial Building
677 King’s Road
Quarry Bay
Hong Kong



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