Project and Exhibition
I have lost my eye sight; does that mean I cannot draw?
I no longer have my kitchen and cannot cook for myself, does that mean I cannot create beautiful dumpling?
Have you ever heard school songs we sang during ‘Guomin’ era?
Can I not enjoy the fun, the joy and satisfaction of creativity just because I have dementia?
各參予藝術家都被他／她們的生命激勵。趙曦愫為他們拍攝如花的嬌悄倩影；夏麗荷以他們的圖作，製成不同的信箱，籍著久遺了的信戔敷生真情的對話；梁以瑚以特別的裝置，要觀賞者細意尋訪不要把他們遺忘；麥兆豐以黑白硬照及錄像把長者以明星的姿態呈現人前； 黃詠楓視長者為社會文化遺產， 一言一語都重之、惜之，以互動的裝置與觀者分享收集得來的睿智；魏貝妮從長者生命終點的回憶看見自己，以聲光回應。
Using expressive art forms, Art for All has engaged various groups of elderlies over the past decade, with the clear goal of empowerment and reclaiming joy and wellbeing. The “Grandpa Grandma Memory Boxes” exhibition showcases multimedia art works and installations created through an “art-breaking” process between Art for All’s team of community artist and a group of elderlies; averaging 85 year-old, visualyl impaired and some facing early stages of dementia.
For the past 2 years, with the support of i-dArt, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Jockey Club Rehabilitation Centre, the elderlies joined artist-facilitated activities that geared their ageing senses back into creative and expressive operations. As participants and creative collaborators, they overcame limitations of dementia and sight impairment to create big paintings, cos-play costumes, treasure boxes of memories and crafted items, and photographic works.
Inspired by the elderlies, the participating artists also created their own art pieces. Hazel Chiu’s photographs captured their beautiful moments; Lina Har combined elderly artworks with postboxes and letters in heartfelt dialogues; Evelyna Liang’s painting installations requires audience interaction in a reminder of elderlies’ presence; Mak Siu Fung’s monochrome photography portrays the elderlies as celebrities; Wong Wing Fung’s collection of elderlies’ sounds and sights documents this vast inheritance of wisdom and culture; Bellini Yu’s light installation looks back at herself through the lenses and memory of ageing elderlies.
The creative activities have shown that through the awakening of physical sense in various art forms, activities and games, the elderlies are no longer passive observers of their environment. They have become individuals that exercise imagination, expression, creation and command, regaining their dignity and satisfying their cultural and spiritual needs.
“Grandpa Grandma Memory Boxes” Exhibitions is made possible with the support of the Art Promotion Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Exhibition period is between September 6th and 19th at the Visual Arts Centre. The exhibition includes “memory boxes” workshop, meet the artists and guided tours catered for various physical or language needs. Part of the exhibits will continue to be on displayed at TWGH i-dArt from October to December.