Disgusting on One’s Own History
Pak Sheung Chuen
On 1st July of 1997, Hong Kong was handed over to China by United Kingdom. It ended its 100 years colony era. Hong Kong is governed under Chinese government by the "one country, two systems" policy. All colonized symbols (like Queen Elizabeth II's portrait) are no longer used.
In this work, I collected the old Hong Kong one-dollar coins (with Queen's portrait) from the public currency system. The years that I could find are 1978, 1979, 1980, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992. I brought them form Hong Kong to London, and then I demolished all the Queen's portraits on the ground. Each "Queen" became a scar.
Through these work, I criticized the Hong Kong Government's policy on the historical building of the British colony period. Recently, the government removed the 50-years-old Victoria period buildings: Star Ferry Pier and Queens Pier. It rose up once a very strong rebellion from
the Hong Kong public.