Victoria Tunnel

Leung Chi Wo

Jan 07 – Feb 08, 1998

Leung Chi-wo explored perceptions of Victoria through photographic representations, in both local and colonial contexts, in an invisible tunnel. Chris Lo produced an installation with objects of organic form in a network of plastic tubes, inspired by the body as a network of tunnels, passages and ducts. 

Fringe'98 in Para Site
Victoria Tunnel - Mixed Media Works by Leung Chi Wo
Reponded by Chris Lo's Entering a Creature

Victoria Tunnel is the solo exhibition by Leung Chi Wo who has been continuously exploring the sense of history in our local life with the use of mixed mediums like photography, sculptures and installation.

Victoria, name for many places in Hong Kong, represents a time in the past. However, one of its different versions of Chinese translation tells nothing more than the wish of the people: "Region of Profits" (維多利 wik dor lei). What it is meant by history and culture, in some local Chinese mind, could be something else. Perhaps this is also the reflection of local culture.

In Victoria Tunnel, Leung makes use such dual significance and the concept of passage: a virtual tunnel from the historical Victoria to the "Region of Profits" to address our experience of life and memory. The exhibits are basically divided into 3 parts. They are Region of Profits, Victory Over Victoria, and On the Peak of Victoria.

As part of the Para Site "dialogue" programme, Leung also invited ceramic artist Chris Lo to create another installation in response to the idea of passage and tunnel. However, Lo inspired by human body and organic forms, takes a microscopic view of passage that his work is entitled "Entering a creature". With the juxtaposition of "Victoria Tunnel" and "Entering a creature", hopefully an open discussion on the idea of passing historically, culturally or even conceptually can be initiated.

Leung and Lo, both graduates from the Department of Fine Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong, are among few Hong Kong fine artists who dedicate to artistic creation on full-time bases. Now Leung is part-time photography lecturer in the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Lo runs his own ceramic studio, The Big Pot.

Both two exhibitions are supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

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