Photos by Alain Kantarijian. © Alain Kantarjian.
(Filmed by Harrison Pickering. Video edited by Linda Jensen.)
Kong Chun Hei
Dust and Scratches (No Blank), 2012
10 panels, ink on paper mounted on archival board,
38 x 50 cm each, Super 8mm film projection
Approaching Dust and Scratches (No Blank), one hears the rhythmic flutter of a Super 8mm film rotating. Adjacent are 10 mounted boards, somewhat camouflaged on the concrete warehouse walls. Artist Kong Chun-hei bought a film of a family holiday trip from the 1970s on the Chinese equivalent of Ebay. The entire film was dissected, retrieving ten in-between-takes, and as the title denotes with ‘dust and scratches’. We see not the memorable captured snippets of someone’s family history, but only the voids. These emptied images have been meticulously reproduced as ink drawings, and are accompanied by a film composed of ten single frames, a continuous short loop. Here, the unnoticed comes to the forefront, sparking perhaps an imagined narrative, or simply hints at a different construction of memory, one that is peculiar and hollow.
Kong Chun-hei (b. 1987 in Hong Kong) is an artist living and working in Hong Kong. He graduated with a BA of Fine Arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2009. Recent group exhibitions include, amongst others, Running around the Roundabout (2012), and Except Why Not Just Come Right Out And Say It (2011), Collectors House, Netherlands. In the year of his graduation he received the Gaylord Chan Painting Award, the Cheung’s Fine Arts Awards, the Y.S. Fine Arts Award and the Grotto Fine Arts Award.