Poetry of a Friend @BXLS

_Photos from HKETO

Artist_ Hei Shing Chan
Title_ Poetry of a Friend
City/ Year_ Hong Kong/ 2013
Material_ Black perfect-bound hardback book, with watercolour on hand-cut pages
Size_ 220mm x 260mm x 65mm, 752 pages
Edition_ 1st Edition

Artist Statement

Inspired by the story of a Japanese singer-songwriter, Nakamura Ataru, this work illustrates the beauty of gender through the materiality of books.

Nakamura Ataru, born a male as always felt the discomfort of being “trapped in the wrong body”. He went through lots of struggles and fears with issues of gender identity before transitioning. His most recognised song is “Tomodachi no Uta” (Poetry of a Friend), telling his unrequited love story with a band member. This song is so touching. It is applied and being re-interpreted in this book.

A mixture of visual, acoustic, and tactile languages is applied to blur the lines between femininity and masculinity.

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Hei Shing
chanheishing@gmail.com

書就是… A Book is…


一片紙不但表現時間,也表現空間。而一片片的紙張組合起來的書就是一個高深的容器,盛滿文字,既能從中不斷汲取智慧,又能裝入無限的智慧。

A piece of paper reflects not only time but also space. Books are formed by binding papers together to become containers of words that serve as a reservoir as well as a spring of wisdom.

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