許多女性都有被非禮的經歷，近年香港性侵犯案件數字不斷攀升，根據香港警方提供的數字， 2010年上半年，有775宗非禮及54宗強姦案，比去年同期大幅上升20%，可見性侵犯問題的嚴重性。性侵犯對受害者帶來許多負面的影響，有些甚至可以 是終身的。文晶瑩以性侵犯議題創作藝術作品，希望引起公眾關注，並討論有關這個議題的一些誤解。
作品「重寫歷史」有文字、剪紙、動畫、裝置及互動裝置五個版本。文字創作部分 ，文晶瑩以正面方法重寫自己與及一些受害者的故事，目的在組織思想、反映現實，並希望做到一些思考模式的轉變。這部分完成後，她看著這些文稿，想到用剪紙方法去釋放感覺、負面情緒和想像力，例如作品＜重寫歷史：「他們在街上行走，我卻被終身監禁。」＞， 一個女人抱著自己的裸體，頭則埋在一堆亂紙之中，作品表達女性一旦被侵犯，會害怕別人接近自己，心靈更囚禁在陰影裡。作品表達受害者的創傷，反駁一些人認 為摸摸女人，強行造愛，沒什麼大不了。至於動畫版則令剪紙版的意象動起來，動畫裡面其中一段有一隻大手和小女孩對決。大手有權力的象徵，點出許多人侵犯別 人，不只是為了性滿足，而是為了權力慾，他們需要得到自我肯定和別人的注意。另外，當觀眾走近互動裝置時，熒幕上會看見有多隻手追著觀眾的影子，觀眾若奮 力撥打手影，手影便會消失，變成花。作品意在鼓勵觀眾對抗權力的侵犯。
日期 : 8-9, 15-16/1/2011
時間 : 下午2時至7時
地點 : 火炭黃竹洋街15‐21號華聯工業中心Ａ座18樓20室
Rewriting History – Installation by Phoebe Man
Many women have experienced indecent assaulted. The crime rates have been rising by years, supported by the Annual Reports of Hong Kong Police. There are 775 cases reported indecent assault and 54 cases reported rape, around 20% increase when comparing with the same`period in 2009. It cannot reflect the reality because most of the women did not report their cases. A research found that only 11% of victims reported their cases to the police (Ng 2005)*. Does it mean that people don’t care about these crimes? However, impacts on victims are negative and could be life-long in some cases. In the hope of increase public awareness and confront the misconceptions of the society, Phoebe Man uses art as a social force to respond to this phenomenon.
Rewriting History has 5 versions: writing, paper cutting, animation, installation and interactive installation. For the written version Phoebe rewrote stories of her own and other impressive stories told by some sexual assault survivors. It aims to organize thoughts, reflect the reality, and to have paradigm shift. Afterthen, when looking at the writings, Phoebe would like to show her feelings and thinking through cutting and sculpting these paper. In the work RH: “They walk the streets and I live a life sentence.” KC, a survivor., a woman holds her naked body in her arms, with her head buried in a lump of paper strips. The work shows once woman is threatened and being humiliated by sex, not only are they afraid of getting close with others, their wounded hearts are also sentenced to jail. The work expresses victims’trauma since some people think it is no big deal to touch and have sex with women without their consent. The animation, on the other hand, makes the paper cutting alive. Phoebe made it to put all the imaginative scenes together. There is a little girl fighting with a big hand in the animation. Big hand is a symbol of power. People sexually assaulted other people because of power. They need reassurance or they are assertive. For the interactive installation, when audience gets closer the installation, some hands on the screen will chase the audience’s shadow on the screen, only after the audience hit back those hands, they will turn to flowers. This work aims to encourage audience to confront the power actively.
Phoebe is now the Assistant Professor in the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong. Her works are mostly self-exploration, challenging ideologies and institutions. Moreover, her works have been shown extensively in international exhibitions, with her feminine-related works being the most well known. Rewriting History was exhibited and screened in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taiwan.
“Rewriting History – Installation by Phoebe Man” is part of Fotanian: Open Studios 2011. It will be held from 8th – 9th, 15th – 16th January, from 2pm to 7pm, in Fotan. During the show, there will guided tour at 4pm for public and student workshop available upon request, please refer to the contact below for further details.
Date : 8th – 9th , 15th – 16th January, 2011
Time : 2 – 7 pm
Venue : Unit 20, 18/F, Block A, Wah Luen Industrial Centre, 15-21 Wong Chuk Yeung Street, Fotan
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