If there is one defining trait of the world today, it is its unprecedented state of total surveillance. By juxtaposing transient moments captured by security cameras from myriad of different countries – somehow live-streamed to an unknowable online audience everyday – and the near-permanent state of our world that is embodied by a world map, presented here with traditional ink-wash technique, this work contemplates the peculiar development of humanity which has made it possible for anyone to play Big Brother, while also subjecting everyone to the fate of being an involuntary actor in someone else’s narrative. In idolising technology and partly assuming the omniscient perspective of god, have people only created a hall of mirrors that is quietly taking away their very own place in the world?
Li Fung Chun received her BA (Fine Arts) degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in 2013. Li’s early installations and mixed-media paintings muse on urban existence, addressing contradictions that range from the limits of privacy to the alienating effect of modern cityscape. Li’s reflection on sufferings – in war, sexual abuses, the plight of refugees, and natural disasters – also runs through her work. Li has recently turned to depict these in Chinese ink paintings. In 2017, Li was a winner in the ‘Abstract: Open Category’ in UOB Ink Art of the Year awards, and was shortlisted for the Hong Kong Human Rights Art Prize. Li’s work has been exhibited in Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong City Hall, JCCAC, PMQ, Blindspot Gallery, Art Central, H Queen’s and K11.