The World after 1989 ‧ 1989年後世事掠影

The World after 1989 ‧ 1989年後世事掠影

The World after 1989

2012-2017 / Total: 27 paintings (three pieces painted before 2012), 20 woodcut prints (one piece made in 2010), one cartoon and one banner portrait on cloth / Exhibition: not scheduled yet/ Catalogue: The World after 1989

In world history, the year 1989 is a watershed dividing two eras. It was not merely the year of the biggest ever pro-democracy movement in China. To a great extent, what happened in that year changed the course of history in many parts of the world.
It was the original intention of the artist to end this series in 2014 and name it “The World in the 25 Years after 1989”, before the whole plan was finally revised and renamed as “The World after 1989”. In his initial plan, though Hong Kong would be given more emphasis, there could only be just a few pieces. However, with some later developments after the 2014 Umbrella Movement warranting documentation, the number of pieces about Hong Kong has increased to a quite disproportional extent. They are now all grouped into this series. In addition, some pieces related to the theme of this project are also included.



2012-2017 / 作品: 水墨27 (其中三張是2012年之前的作品), 20 木刻 (其中一張在 2010年製作), 漫畫一款及布本畫像一幅 / 展覽: 等待展場/ 目錄: 1989年後世事掠影》


Cover image
Details of the Goddess (see descriptions in project gallery)

Project gallery (Please click the image to view it in full)
1. The Goddess 
2011, ink and colour on paper 
水墨設色紙本, 178 x 96 cm
A statue known as the Goddess of Democracy was created by students in Beijing and placed at Tiananmen Square during the 1989 pro-democracy movement.

2. The Wall 圍牆
2012, woodcut 
木刻, 61 x 91.5 cm
Communist dictatorships ended in Europe with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989-90.

3. The Eventual Bow-out 落幕
2012, woodcut 
木刻, 61 x 91.5 cm
Mikhail Gorbachev vanished from politics with the end of the USSR in December 1991.

4. Taboo 禁忌
2014, ink and colour on paper 
水墨設色紙本, 157 x 96 cm
After the 1989 crackdown, even the mere mentioning of “June 4” has become a taboo in mainland China.

5. A Tiananmen Mother 天安門母親
2014, ink and colour on paper
水墨設色紙本, 114 x 69 cm
The son of Ding Zilin, an assistant professor in a Beijing university, was killed in the June 4 crackdown.

6. A Banner Portrait 布本畫像
2009, red and white enamel paint on black cloth 
油漆及黑布, portrait 200 x 142 cm
Campaigning for constitutional democracy, Liu Xiaobo, a prominent Chinese writer, was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment. [He then became a Noble Peace Prize winner.]
[Liu Xiaobo was sentenced on 25 December 2009 to 11 years’ imprisonment for ‘inciting subversion of state power’ by a Beijing court for drafting and signing the Charter 08, a manifesto for constitutional reform in China, and writing other commentaries. On the following new year’s day, in a pro-democracy march in Hong Kong, people took to the streets to call for the introduction of genuine universal suffrage and the immediate release of Liu. The banner portrait was painted for this occasion.]

7. Sunflower 太陽花
2014, ink and colour on paper 
水墨設色紙本, 130 x 84 cm
The 2014 Sunflower Protest profoundly reshaped the Pan-Blue versus Pan-Green politics of Taiwan.

8. The OC Trio 佔中三子
2014, woodcut 
木刻, 66 x 100 cm
The three activists calling for a protest movement of civil disobedience named Occupy Central to fight for real democracy in Hong Kong: (from left to right) Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, Professor Benny Tai Yiu-ting and Professor Chan Kin-man. They were known as “the OC Trio”.
[This woodcut print was made in early 2014, before the outbreak of the Occupation, with the quoted words provided by the Trio.]
這張版畫在2014 年初製作,佔領運動稍後在九月爆發。圖中刻錄的文字由三子提供。]

9. The Big Stage: A Whole Month 大台:满月
2016, ink and colour on paper
水墨設色紙本, 179 x 97 cm
On the day to commemorate one month of the 2014 Occupation in Hong Kong, a rally was held in Admiralty.

10. Living Online 網上世界
2013, woodcut 
木刻, 61 x 91.5 cm
We are now living online. Globally, there are billions of Internet users.

11. The Great Firewall 火牆
2013, woodcut 
木刻, 61 x 91.5 cm
The most draconian system of censorship and control is imposed in mainland China.