CHAN Po Fung
Displacement No.3, 2012
Installation Performance Art

Location: Tai Hom Village, Ex-squatter area in Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong
地點: 香港九龍鑽石山 前寮屋區大磡村

A displacement of spiritual status.

In 1950s and 1960s, Tai Hom Village and Yuen Leng Village were large squatter areas. Surrounded with film production houses, the peak population had once hit over 20,000. At that time the land price for a unit was only HKD20,000.

However, the old times passed when the government largely dismantled the areas during 1980s and 2000s. The old villages in a flash turned to shopping malls and private residence areas which are worth over HKD10,000 for only one square feet.

Locating in a ruined wall in this obsolete site, I lay half of my body in a pit but with my legs on the ground. Staring up the sky, I feel that moment in between contradictions.

大磡村及元嶺村一帶在五、六十年代是大型寮屋區,鄰近為電影工場,人口在高峰期曾達二萬多人,據說當時一個單位只售二萬元。政府於八十年代及二千年大規模清拆這片寮屋區,昔日的光景不再,轉眼變成大型商業及呎價過萬的私人住宅區。

在這個遺址裡的一面破牆上,我將身體半陷在一個凹坑內,雙腳卻置於地上,凝望天空,矛盾間感受當下的存在。

(Source: "鑽石山有個荷里活." 香港故事 (18)-到處留情. RTHK. Jan 02 2012.)