父字 / FATHER’S WORDS

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父字 / Father’s Words, August 24, 1964
Paul Wong, 2019
27.5” X 39.5”
digital print on bamboo paper, edition of 3

父字 / Father’s Words, December 29, 1971
Paul Wong, 2019
27.5” X 39.5”
digital print on bamboo paper, edition of 3

父字 / Father’s Words, June 22, 1973
Paul Wong, 2019
27.5” X 39.5”
digital print on bamboo paper, edition of 3

Father’s Words are three letters written over a period of 9 years from 1964 to 1973. He is Suk-Fong’s father, who was a banker, goldsmith, merchant, and landowner before the communist revolution. His land, businesses, and wealth were seized during the land reforms of the 1950s. His legs were broken in politically-motivated beatings during the years he was incarcerated in a re-education prison. In his letters, he often talks about his painful foot injuries, and the ongoing need for rare and expensive Chinese medicines. Perhaps in fear of government censorship, his internationally-destined letters were carefully worded, often emphasizing the much simpler life that now existed in the new People’s Republic of China.

Each letter is presented on its own, as a triptych. Variations on a photograph of Suk-Fong’s father disappears with each proceeding letter.

In addition to this triptych, Father’s Words also takes the form of a wall scroll, which featured in Paul Wong’s exhibition, 淑芳你好嘛 (Suk-Fong Nay Ho Mah) / Suk-Fong, How Are You?

父字 / Father’s Words exhibited at the OCCUPYING CHINATOWN studio from April, 2019


This work was part of Occupying Chinatown, Paul Wong’s year long residency at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Classical Garden. To see the rest of the works curated for this visit:

occupyingchinatown.com

https://occupyingchinatown.com