Mount Zero x Being Hong Kong
Being Hong Kong latest issue is out and one of the features in this issue is about Rediscover Hong Kong volcanoes and UNESCO Global Geopark. The editors invited different artists to create based on the theme of Hong Kong's mountainous landscape. They collaborated with my favourite bookshop in Hong Kong Mount Zero Books for the artists sharing. Anothermountainman was the moderator.
The artists are Mr. Koon wai bong and Mr. Simon Wan Chi Chung, they are from different expertise. Mr. Koon is a Hong Kong-based ink artist while Mr. Simon Wan is a Hong Kong based landscape photographer who had traveled 107 remote islands around Hong Kong and
The sharing started from introducing their background and artist journey, reflecting the meaning of Arts, then exploring the relationship between their expertise and themselves also some Q&A sessions.
In line with the magazine positioning, or I would say the discussion is also a matter of identity searching. Hong Kong is an unique city where famously known as East meets West, both artists also face the reality on the market preferences, where Hong Kong is neither western or chinese. Yet both also feel that it is not a shame nor weakness, we just need time and someone to re-position Hong Kong.
I feel that Mr. Koon is more in macro perspective probably because he is also a lecturer in CUHK, yet he emphasised that Art is an expression which the artist filled the art with their own expression and characteristic. He is an ink artist and he told us that it is a niche market and it is getting lots of recognition internationally.
Mr. Simon Wan is more from personal standpoint, he explained the way he creates his art is more about the process and not the outcome. He also mentioned why he started photography because his secondary school principal asked him to study since it was comparatively easy to get better grade.
In the middle of the sharing, I looked up and I saw this big Yongshuh and remembered the area we were sitting was once the major hit of plague back in 1890s, the first case was found in Tai Ping Shan street where the Mount Zero bookshop is located. I suddenly felt so lucky that after so many years from an infected port more than 100 years back and now we all were safe and sound sitting at the same spot together and discuss about our identities, appreciation of arts and building community. This is just amazing!
Organiser & Artists website:
Being Hong Kong https://shop.beinghongkong.com/
Mr. Koon Wai Bong http://koonwaibong.com/artist
Mr. Simon Wan Chi Chung https://cargocollective.com/simonwan