‘Once I Wake Up, My Body is Old’, a solo exhibition by Lee Kai Chung, is the finale of the project The Retrieval, Restoration and Predicament, which Lee conceived around the concept of ‘Transition’ for the WMA Commission grant (2018). It is preceded by ‘I Could Not Recall How I Got Here’ shown at WMA Space in 2019. The latest exhibition will be on view at WMA Space from November 12th to December 6th.
‘Once I Wake Up, My Body is Old’ revisits the seizure of 11 bronze statues by the Imperial Japanese Army from the Statue Square in Central during the WWII and their subsequent return to Hong Kong, a 30-minute-long interweaving of wartime and personal narratives.
In his quest to extend the acts of re-imagining, Lee has organized a series of boat trips to relive the entrapment—and the darkness of transit—during wartime. A video documenting the trips will be later unveiled at the exhibition.
The artist book launch of I Could Not Recall How I Got Here, a work that encapsulates the blurring of geographical, temporal and individual boundaries in the artist’s project. Six narrators will read in different languages of the six characters in the book. The book and the six booklets will be on display.
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About the artist
LEE Kai-chung performs artistic research on historical events, political systems, and ideology. Through research, social participation and engagement, Lee considers the individual gesture as a form of political and artistic transgression that resonates with existing narratives of history. LEE was awarded his Master of Fine Arts from the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong in 2014 and received The Award for Young Artist (Visual Arts) from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2018. Recent exhibitions and projects include “Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur” (2020, Winterthur, Switzerland), “Predicament” (2020, Beijing, China) and the 12th Shanghai Biennale, “Proregress” (2018, Shanghai, China). Lee’s work is collected by M+ Museum.