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SILENT PROTEST (The Day Hong Kong Lost its Voice)
December 15, 2023-5:30 pm - December 17, 2023-6:00 pm
SILENT PROTEST (The Day Hong Kong Lost its Voice) –
by International Award-winning Artist Martin Lever
Private View / Launch Event – Friday 15 December: 5:30 to 9pm
Opening Hours Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 – 10am to 6pm
“The Artist’s job is to be witness to his time in history” – Robert Rauschenburg
Long-term Hong Konger now residing in the UK, artist Martin Lever explains his latest collection…
On 30 June 2020, the Chinese Communist Party introduced a National Security Law. And Hong Kong fell silent. According to many human rights lawyers, the law has led to instant and fundamental changes in a previously free society. This is what I’m aiming to capture in this collection.
In an ironic nod to the iconic propaganda posters of the Cultural Revolution, these graffiti-style monochrome portraits capture the young protestors in various well-known Hong Kong locations, their mouths gagged with zippers and masks. The words of Mao Tse Tung hang over the crowd – their meaning simultaneously enlightened and sinister, when juxtaposed with the contemporary dreams of a largely peaceful Hong Kong youth