A collaboration with Kwan Sheung Chi

Everything Goes Wrong for the Poor Couple

Performance, video installation

Total duration about 34 hours, in 5 days at the ART HK 10

“This is a sorrow that everybody knows, everything goes wrong for the poor couple.”
YUEN Zhen, Qian Bei Huai

During ART HK 10, we locked ourselves in a room and re-act the familiar tragedy scenes from few Hong Kong old movies from the 50’s and 60’s, which are about family ethics and morals. We acted out one scene everyday during the exhibition. The few seconds of sorrow in the film were stretched out into hours. Through the black and white live projection, the audience could see us acting in stillness. It looked like a scene captured from the old movies but playing in slow motion. Actually we were in the next room doing live performance, the audience was not able to see us face-to-face.

May 26, 2010, 4 – 9 pm

Day 1: The husband is a painter but his talents are unrecognized and could not sustain a living. His wife sees that he is sad and makes every effort to console him but fails nevertheless.

May 27, 2010, 12 – 9 pm

Day 2: Life is difficult. One of them is seriously sick, but could not afford a doctor and could only wait to die. The couple is reluctant to let go, but they could only reunite in their next lives.

May 28, 2010, 12 – 8 pm

Day 3: The wife is guilty that she cheats. The husband tries to forgive her, but his first lover wants to go back with him. He does not know what to choose. The couple is not willing to let go but it is miserable to stay together.

May 29, 2010, 12 – 7 pm

Day 4: The wife is finally pregnant after years. Unfortunately, she has a miscarriage and could not bear any child anymore. The couple is in pain.

May 30, 2010, 12 – 5 pm

Day 5: The couple is in love and overcome all the difficulties finally. However, they come to realize that they are actually long lost siblings.


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第一天: 丈夫為畫家,但是懷才不遇,無法維持生活,妻子看到他心裡非常難過,極力安慰,但是無能為力。


第二天: 生活迫人,其中一人身患重病,無法求醫,兩人只能靜待死神來到,望來生再見。


第三天: 妻子不忠,內疚不已,丈夫嘗試原諒,但是初戀情人回心轉意,丈夫不知如何抉擇,二人不願分開,一起又非常痛苦,苦無去路。


第四天: 兩人經過很多年才能有孩子,但是妻子不幸小產,以後也不能懷孕,兩人傷痛不已。


第五天: 兩人真心相愛,排除萬難,以為守得雲開見月明,但是發現兩人原來是失散多年的親生兄妹。


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