Exhibition Tour #2
ON-DISPLAY AT MZIN: ELVA LAI — FREEDOM SWIMMERS
Venue: MZIN, kolonnadenstrasse 20, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
Dear Abdullah, video, 13:22,dimension: 1920 × 1080
Translation from Arabic: Abdullah H.
Voice over: Elva Lai & Abdullah H.
Proofreading: Vincent Fung
This is the second exhibition space of the same project "Free Swimmer" in a different way inspired by the art space of MZIN, an independent bookstore in Leipzig, Germany. I held a book launch in space and shared the purpose of the project with the audience.
This project juxtaposes the escape of Syrian refugees in 2015 and the history of refugees from China to Hong Kong in the 60s and 70s. In the framework of this book, the history of Hong Kong “Freedom Swimmers” in the 60s and 70s is presented, and the escape stories of Syrian refugees to Germany in Summer 2015 are presented as illustrations.
I like to explore different countries and local industrial or interior design materials to enrich my installation art, even if it is mainly photography. For example, during my residency programmes in different countries, I explore local interior design materials and use them in my artworks, especially in the display of exhibition venues. In terms of presentation, I focus on the combination of colours, materials and the richness of the photographic and installation work.
The industrial or interior design materials that I use in the city enrich the work and allow the viewer to experience the content of the work in greater depth. I am easily drawn to historical or social events in the countries I visit, and I am easily moved by the events of everyday life.
藝術計劃： 《游向自由》 2017