What comes to your head when you first imagine Hong Kong? What images do you think of, when you are to describe this place? Apparently, most people think of the symphony of lights from the Victoria Harbor, and how beautiful the skyscraper view from The Peak looks. They picture Hong Kong like a modernized city that is fused with Chinese and western cultures. They imagine this place with colorful neon lights glowing in dark hours, motivating different people from around the world. However, they never seem to realize what is embedded behind the luxurious appearance of this small place, for instance, our income could never afford us to buy a proper shelter.
Living in one of the most expensive places in the World with the median property price almost 20 times the median annual household income, we feel desperate to have proper homes. We suffer from social problems that could not be solved even in a decade. Every day in this densely compacted city, we wake up to see cemeteries right from the windows, we watch as tremendous amount of junks being disposed next to our homes, we even drink water that is contaminated with heavy metals such as lead and cadmium. Yet, the government remains aloof, and continues to pay all of its emphasis onto factors that would only affect economic growth. Tourism, politics, and developments in our eyes are not accomplishments that we should celebrate, but the illusions that are built upon our pain and hard living. They are something that we should slow down and have control.
Eat, Because You Have No Choice is a collection of four different sculptures that are placed together. It builds the connections between Traditional Chinese cultural taboos and complications that are faced by every Hong Konger. Through breaking rules of traditional customs and beliefs, the work illustrates unreasonable living condition and tragedies that are happening every day. By placing the sculptures in a one-person table setting, you are invited to come over, and interpret each piece with your own understanding of this suffocating city. The interpretations are not limited to the subjects I wish to portray, but also the implications you perceive with the impressions of this city.