Wen Yau, a performance artist who joined an Occupy Central protest wearing a blindfold designed like the Chinese flag, is determined to foster more rational, calm discussion within the arts community for this year’s handover anniversary.
“There are so many divisions and not enough talking. It’s true even within the arts community,” she says.
’Visual Arts’ is not a compulsory subject in the education system of Hong Kong. Generally speaking, only those who are talented or deeply interested in this subject would study this elective subject of Visual Arts. Only they would then have an advantage to enter the Art department of universities. Only they would then be able to easily reach the channel to go in the art world and become artists. The number of artists who hold a Fine Arts degree, therefore, far exceeds the number of artists who do not have such academic background. In other words, for one who does not hold an Arts degree, but want to become an outstanding artist, s/he must be extraordinarily passionate about art.
wen yau sat the very last Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) in 2011 and obtained a Grade D in Visual Arts. After striving to learn painting for 2 years, wen yau sat the very last Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) in 2013 and obtained a Grade D in Visual Arts again. The two examinations are gone and replaced by a new system; and the grading of an artist will remain on her resume despite the effort and achievement she has made…