Artist statement: 黃雀的羽毛 黃國才
A friend who took part in the 1989 Student’s Demonstration in Beijing once told me that the days before June 4th was China’s version of Woodstock Music Festival. Students and citizens gathered around singing, dancing, discussing democracy, and imagining a better world after China becomes democratized, the square was filled with love and hope.
I want to create an artwork conceptually focused on the days before June 4th when people still have hope. After the annual June 4th Candlelight Vigil in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park, volunteers collected the candle stubs and then passed them to me. Each burned candle contains a person’s mourning towards those who sacrifice themselves in pursuit for democracy, as well as one’s longing for democracy, a mix of complex emotions. I recast these candle stubs into a feather’s shape. Before the feather dropped to the ground, it was a flight of idealism— a feather, light but heavy, engraved in memory for 30 years.
Acknowledgement: Volunteers of the Justice & Peace Commission of the H.K. Catholic Diocese