[ISEA2016] Artist Statement: May Fung — ‘A Letter to Mo’ and ‘She Said Why Me’

Artist Statement

Satellite Event: No References: A Revisit of Hong Kong Video and Media Art from 1985

Fung’s works straddle the personal and the public, tackling diverse issues that range from gender politics to Hong Kong’s and Asia’s cultural and political landscape. “No References” juxtaposes an early 1995 work with a recent creation from 2016: A Letter to Mo (1995) features poignant documentary scenes of Chinese boatmen battling Chang Jiang tides, while She Said Why Me (2016) is a hypnotic montage of the artist herself performing strange Taichi-like movements against backdrops of contemporary Hong Kong. Her artist statement reads:
“She does not run amok in the city anymore. This was once her city, but now it is no longer hers. Did the city desert her, or did she reject it instead? She is not moving now, staying put, using her hands and body to push herself away.”  [source: artradarjournal.com/2016/07/06/no-references-9-hong-kong-video-and-new-media-artists-part-1/]

  • Another of Hong Kong’s pioneering video artists, May Fung has dedicated herself tirelessly to the city’s cultural development since the early 1980s, building an intriguing oeuvre encompassing film, installation and theatre. She received a fellowship to research video art in New York from the Asian Cultural Council in 1994, and in 1999 was awarded a scholarship for video installation from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Now an assessor and juror for various video and film festivals in Hong Kong, Fung is also the chairperson of Art & Culture Outreach, a non-profit arts organisation based in the city. [source: artradarjournal.com/2016/07/06/no-references-9-hong-kong-video-and-new-media-artists-part-1/]