Hong Kong

Ellen Pau, Bik Lai Chu (detail), 1993/2018, still from the 1-minute color video component of a mixed-media installation additionally comprising a selection of the artist’s personal belongings.

Ellen Pau

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Curated by Freya Chou, “What about Home Affairs?—A Retrospective,” Ellen Pau’s first retrospective in Hong Kong, surveyed eighteen major works, dating from 1987 to the present. At the entrance to the exhibition, a wall-spanning time line situated Pau’s work within a spectrum of personal, cultural, and political developments. It started with the year 1982, when Pau was a Hong Kong Polytechnic University radiology student, followed by 1984, when the Sino-British Joint Declaration established Hong Kong’s 1997 handover to China, and then by 1986, when Pau cofounded new media arts organization Videotage. A selection of videos augmented this chronology. They included a trailer for Barbara Wong Chun-chun’s 2000 sex documentary, Women’s Private Parts (for which Pau was cinematographer), and Fanfare for the Common People, 2010, a montage of computer-generated animations used by local television

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