Sea

The noblest pain

Water bottles, seawater from Hong Kong and Germany, texts, videoloop, parcel

6 x 6 x 23 cm, 7 x 7 x 24cm, Variable, 14 x 10 cm, 2’30 min, 36 x 25 x 21 cm

2017

exhibited at ‘Diese Garderobe’, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig Rundgang 2017

‘Full Stop’, Final show of Pilotenkueche International Artist Residency

Texts

‘Nostalgia is the noblest pain’

-Johann Gottfried von Herder

     ‘Sea project’ is inspired by a wave of nostalgia for my homeland- Hong Kong since I moved to Berlin, Germany two years ago. Given the geographical location of Hong Kong, she is surrounded by deep waters. Berlin, on the contrary, is an inland city and a sea is lacking. I have been missing the sea in Hong Kong ever since I moved to Berlin. To me, seaside is a memorable place where I built relationships with significant others, chilled out and enjoyed some alone time. Life in Germany has been wonderful for me – great experiences gained, inspirations gotten and changes in life encountered. However, a sea is missing in Berlin.

Thus, I posted some seawater from Mirs Bay, Hong Kong to Germany which was then poured into the Baltic Sea, Germany. At the same time, some seawater from the Baltic Sea was as well kept in a water bottle. The two bottles of the seawater from Germany and Hong Kong were put next to each other in the installation. The distance between the two seas is now minimal, the limitation of distance is eliminated.

The project also covers stories of the two seas. Years ago, the Chinese escaped from the Communist Party by swimming from Mainland to Mirs Bay, Hong Kong; while Baltic Sea was where east Germans escaping from the DDR would pass by while they swam from Rostock, Germany to Denmark. The similarity between the two seas is a destiny, connecting the two of them together.

This project is still ongoing. Every sea has different stories, but yet similar. This journey of seawater collection will allow me to rethink the connection between the ocean and myself and the relationship between nature and men.

 

 

「鄉愁是最高貴的痛苦。」──赫爾德

 

這作品的靈感是源於我對香港的鄉愁。我搬來德國柏林已有兩年多時常想起香港的海洋,想念維多利亞港,想念緩緩的海風,想念站在港口放逐靈魂的日子。在德國生活給了我無限的體驗和靈感,可是柏林這個內陸城市並沒有海洋,沒有故鄉的寄託。

我把香港大鵬灣的海水用包裹寄來德國,把香港的海水倒進德國波羅的海,再把兩個地方的海水裝進水樽,並排在一起,兩個地方之間的距離限制消失了,兩個海洋遇上了。

這作品亦探討了兩地海洋的故事,在中國文化大革命的時候,上一代香港人由內地游水偷渡到香港的大鵬灣 ; 在東西德的時代,東德人在(前)德意志民主共和國的鐵幕統治下由波羅的海偷渡到丹麥。兩地相似的逃亡故事仿佛是宿命性的,冥冥中將兩個海洋連繫在一起。

這個計劃仍在發展當中。每個海洋有不同的故事,但亦有相似的地方。收集海水的過程令我重新思考自己與海洋的連繫和更了解人與大自然的關係。