Instant Storm, 2016-ongoing
“Despite the difficulties or the disasters it might have caused for thousands of Frenchmen, the flood of January 1955 partook of Festivity far more than of catastrophe.” Roland Barthes said. The Paris flood of 1955, in Roland Barthes’ view, was a festivity the crowd partook in. The flood not only reconstructed the city’s appearance but was also seen as a means for the crowd to achieve liberation. For me, the spectacle of typhoons passing Hong Kong represents an even larger festivity celebrated by the crowd than that of the Paris flood.
Storms are no strangers to Hong Kong, and it seems that the notion of catastrophe and festivity cannot be separated in the event of a typhoon. People have always shown their eagerness to participate in storm scenes— some head towards the pier to “experience” the utter madness of the wind, disregarding safety warnings and moral criticisms by the public. They cheer and take pleasure in the storms as if they had won the lottery, improvising a dramatic performance of their own in the streets of Hong Kong. Therefore, when typhoons hit, people became the master of their domains, who can temporarily take a break from the exploitation under capitalism.
comprises a series of images captured with an instant camera. Using a spontaneous approach, the series attempts to record the events and liberation of emotions under capitalist exploitation.