In a fragmented, non-linear style, exodus of nowhere: rondo for the dis/placed recounts a series of migration stories across Southeast Asia, mainland China, and Hong Kong. As these stories of border crossing highlight the manipulation of identity politics for colonial rule, nationalist consolidation, economic domination, etc., the film eloquently debunks the mainstream narratives of political history and definition of boundary. This critical stand subsequently enables the film to find a new way to tell the stories of the powerless and reveal the hurt suffered by communities who were pit against each other by the hands of power. The screening with be followed by a casual conversation between the audience and the filmmakers.
This screening is part of the public programme of Amar Kanwar: The Sovereign Forest.
Lee Wai Yi, Enoch Ng, and Kelvin Wu (Hong Kong) are all members of v-artivist, a Hong Kong based art group “participating in public life through art and video”. The group believes that ‘art is the creative expression of the relationship between individual and collective’, and is thus devoted to “bring art back to the people and let people return to art”. The productions of v-artivist cover various social issues concerning the lives of the grassroots. Most of their film-length productions are continuous participatory documentaries, including people in deep distress (2013), raging land 3 film series (2010-2012), walk on! shung ning road (2011), and where the yellow banner flies (2006). The essay-film trilogy exodus of nowhere is their response to the growing ethnic tension in contemporary Hong Kong. Other than filmmaking, v-artivist is also actively engaged in media literary movement to empower the grassroots' continuous and autonomous engagement with art.
Ting Chun Chun (China/Singapore) received her PhD from the University of Chicago. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (Chinese Division), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Ting is presently working on a project on the social movements and artistic activism in post-handover Hong Kong. Focusing on how urban space is represented culturally and contested politically in contemporary Hong Kong, her project aims to examine the urban condition that nurtures identity and citizenship, and explore the changing contour of the Hong Kong people's political subjectivities.
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