Fresh from representing Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale, brilliant young artist Samson Young premiered a major new work at MIF17. Inspired by mythic tales of 17th-century Chinese travellers making their way to Europe on foot, this multilayered piece asks: how are journeys remembered and retold? What of the aching feet that carry the bodies, the bumpy ride, the incidental mountains? How do stories lend meanings to places left behind?
One of Two Stories, or Both (Field Bagatelles) began with an MIF first: a five-part radio series, performed by a cast of actors, artists and musicians. Broadcast live from Low Four in Old Granada Studios, this tapestry of sound, oral histories, songs and poetry could be heard throughout Manchester on Unity Radio 92.8 FM and online at Unityradio.fm.
Following the radio series, a multichannel sound and visual installation at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art brought another intriguing perspective to these stories, while also marking the 20th anniversary of the UK’s handover of Hong Kong to China.
‘Samson Young exists in a moment when concept and reality touch’
ArtReview, May 2017
‘creates an intimate feeling, as though you are a guest in someone’s home’
ArtReview, July 2017
Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Edouard Malingue Gallery, University of Salford Art Collection and West Kowloon Cultural District. Supported by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London as part of its programme of events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Header Photo: Samson Young in Düsseldorf, Germany, December 2016 © Donald Christie
Feature Photo: © Constantin Brosteanu