The Song of a Young Nutter
2020 - present
I’m born and raised in Hong Kong, however, most of my family members are migrants from different parts of China and they started life in Hong Kong not long ago before I was born, just like most families here. Because of the strong Chinese roots of people, our household practice is greatly influenced by the Chinese tradition. This affects their way of education to the young generations - They think that children must follow adults’ will in order to practice loyalty in the family, which is an absolute rule even if they are not suitable to you. I noticed that this kind of “conservative familial values” is all around me and I couldn’t fit into this culture as many rules to me are nonsense and unnecessary. The moral standards here were solid and subjective, which sounds unreal and impractical. I couldn’t explain why I felt “wrong” to live in the way that people have been practicing in my culture, but I have a hint towards my change in mind. This change happened when I started to meet friends from different cultures. Their practice were totally different from the people I met over the years. It’s strange that I found myself being more comfortable with them even though we are from totally different backgrounds.
I realize that my cultural background became my life limit that had been leading my way that I didn’t really enjoy. But I am also aware that this kind of control has shaped my character and values, and affected my way of seeing this world to a certain point. This discovery let to the work “The Song of a Young Nutter”, which is about how I found myself being an outsider in my home country and how ridiculous people here are to me when being shaped by this controlling culture.
In order to express this complex feeling, I used some of my weird and ridiculous childhood memories to create scenes in my photography as ironic metaphors to my feelings. I created an easy and funny atmosphere to the whole series of work to laugh at myself for being so unfitted to this society.