is proud to present a meaningful exhibition showcasing the works of artists from Hong Kong SAR and China.
Since 1997, on the first of July, the day in which the sovereignty of thepeople in Hong Kong are joining in a unique march. This demonstration, usually from unites diverse groups – democracy activists, human right groups, domestic helper unions, , gay activists and other special interest groups in Hong Kong. The common denominator is a celebration of the right of free speech in as well as the possibility to hold public demonstrations in Hong Kong. At its peak – in 2003 when the proposed legislation of an anti-subversive law, as required by the was debated, the march drew around 500,000 participants. In the following years the numbers fell significantly but the spirit of the march was very much alive, drawing around 50,000 participants.
In 2007, 10 years after the hand-over, Para Site Art Space organizes a joint event ofartists to celebrate free speech and encourage democracy. Artists design demonstration banners that are carried on the march – using the march as a platform for art and politics as well as promoting new art and exhibition forms and an active involvement of the arts in society. The banners have very different forms, from direct political demands to abstract pictures. The selection, made by a curator, is as diverse as the march itself and give artists from the Mainland a chance to voice their political opinion publicly.
After the march is over and tens of thousands of people have witnessed this unique event, the banners are on display at Para Site Art Space in Sheung Wan from July 6 to August 24, 2007.
Route of parade and exhibiting banner on Jul 1:
Participants: Artists, friends and members of Para Site
More materials are available to view on site at Para Site.
The Archive Project is financially supported by the Project Grant of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.