Category: Pak Sheung Chuen

Pak Sheung Chuen | A Social Utopia

Representing Hong Kong in the 2011 Venice Biennale, Pak Sheung Chuen is an artist whose conceptual interventions delve into re-contextualization in various forms, providing a social commentary in the process. Individually these interventions are small gestures, playful, humorous, silly even, but seen in totality, provide a glimpse into his worldview, which is ultimately a utopian one.

In A Little Flower for the Passer-by (2005), Pak placed 5 one-dollar coins on the street in a flower formation in various locations, drew the stem and leaf in chalk, noting the date and took a picture. Later he would return to the same spot after someone had picked up the money and take another picture with just the chalk stem, leaf and date remaining.

A Little Flower for the Passer-by (2005) Pak Sheung Chuen
A Little Flower for the Passer-by (2005) Pak Sheung Chuen
A Little Flower for the Passer-by (2005) Pak Sheung Chuen
A Little Flower for the Passer-by (2005) Pak Sheung Chuen

In  Waiting For All The People To Sleep (2006) Pak stood outside an apartment building at night and waited for all of its inhabitants to go to sleep, taking a picture at various times during the night, observing the light from an apartment to indicate whether someone was still up or not.

Waiting For All The People To Sleep (2006)
Waiting For All The People To Sleep (2006) ….At 22:38 / 01:40 / 02:36 / 04:09 / 05:04

He  also waited for a friend at a subway station for half a day, unannounced and without an appointment, until they by chance met up and took a picture.

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