Presenting alternative facts

| Trista Yeung 10 Feb 2017

Truth is relative, says local artist Solomon Yu. "I don't think facts are necessarily the truth.When information is passed down from generation to generation, the line between fact and truth is blurred," he said.

Yu has curated an exhibition of four groups of artists, Other Side of Evidence, to develop a discussion about creative possibilities with factual information.

He created multi-media works with VHS tapes containing footage of 1990s television news reports. "I saw a report about the Kosovo War with a backdrop of Victoria Harbour. It made me wonder how it affected the viewer's perception towards the news."

Photographer Eric Tsang's mixed- media artworks, We Have Roads, showcases his obsession with collecting traffic photos shared on social media. "I have kept theses photos on my phone for years and they are mixed up with my personal snapshots. It makes for a peculiar database," Tsang said.

The Order of Things is a continuous project by five member art collective Archive of the People. The group found a loophole in government recycling systems. Since 2003, confiscated items, unclaimed goods by government officials and unused official equipment are open for bidding at public auctions on a regular basis.

Group founder Lee Kai-chung found many items were auctioned without being appraised and became worried that items with historic and artistic value were going too cheaply. "I once bought an old Danger sign in a second-hand store. The sign had a Governor of Hong Kong sealing wax stamp on it.The store owner told me that it had been sold in the public auction," Lee said.

Sound artist Grace Choi Tsui-yin bought 13 objects for HK$70 at a Housing Authority auction. The objects had belonged to an old woman, who had died alone. "There were blankets, a chair, broken electronic devices and an mp3 player. As she couldn't pay the rent, her belongings were confiscated," Choi said. She made a sound installation, I bought an imagination which cost HK$70, with the mp3 player to show her sadness at how personal objects were viewed as commercial goods.

The exhibition is held at Osage Gallery, Kwun Tong, until February 25.

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