Taking the Chinese phrase “The weak are meat for the strong to eat” in the Tang Dynasty as a point of departure, Tang Kwok-Hin’s solo presentation titled “The Weak are Meat”, satirizes the powerlessness of mankind with an individual’s lack of retaliation towards commercialization of society by habituating the ingestion of packaged goods. The produces are categorized by method of preservation as well as brand. The wrappings of the finished products are stored in the basement storage space after consuming. The hanging merchandise-oriented advertisement and related products paint a repetitive but polychromatic picture. In contrast, the colorless, transparent boxes present the objects within, not only glorifying but also in contrast projecting the gargantuan figure of a mercenary demon.
This original presentation integrates works in video, mixed media, collages and a site-specific installation to exemplify the redundancy and tediousness of the contemporary society, of which are dominated by the basis of man-made civilization—mundane routines and urban structures. In the face of such monotonous daily practices, humankind gradually assimilates to homogenous lifestyle circles, becoming slowly confined to a synchronized world.
Webpage of the Artist: www.tangkwokhin.com