VICKY DO /// The Hong Kong Umbrella Movement: Episode 3/5


From September 26 to December 15, 2014, tens of thousands of predominantly young Hong Kong residents occupied night and day the strategic sites of Admiralty (central business district on the North shore of the island) and Mong Kok (commercial core of Kowloon). These protests in the lineage of the revolutionary movements started in 2011 by what was commonly called the “Arab Spring,” then followed by various “occupations” in the Western World, occurred in opposition to the reform of the Hong Kong electoral system by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC). This series of five episodes of conversations with young participants to the movement intervenes at the beginning of the year when universal suffrage was promised by the Chinese Government to be implemented in Hong Kong. The contested decision of the NPCSC in 2014 consisted in a revision of this promise regarding the preliminary vetting of candidates to HK Chief Executive by Beijing. The occupations of the umbrella movement saw many interventions by young artists; they are the protagonists of this series recorded in October 2016 about their understanding and relation to the movement. The third episode, recorded with artist and filmmaker Vicky Do gives us a perspective from a Vietnamese resident of Hong Kong observing the city with a foreign eye and accounting for minority groups.

Vicky Do is a Hong Kong-based photographer and video artist, who focuses on the banality and perhaps the politics of every day’s life. She considers her work as a process of research on history, and the complication of identity. She also translates books, writes blogs and enjoys occasional sentimental poems writing experience.