Your Earnest Fondle

Offset-printing on wood-free paper, string-binding, 704pp.

Yasmine (or Siming, the surrogate of my agony) blames the reason she couldn't be an idol on her hands. Genetics dictated that her hands could never be soft, but rather like steep cliffs, ravines across. She could not imagine how such biological features could ever become the vessel of love and care, so she could only suppress her dream of being an idol, living as an average person. This time, she (I) browsed her iCloud album—an archive of over 101 thousand images collected from 2013 to the present—and selected 672 images of her hands to turn them into a dictionary of her life experience.

This work was initially installed in a truck exhibition that took place in front of the Sham Shui Po street market. Local residents were invited to enter the truck and interact with selected pieces. Unable to return to Hong Kong due to the pandemic, I chose to create this 700-page dictionary as my embodiment and invited the audience to look through, caress, and fondle all my pains as if holding a hand-shaking event.

* Commissioned by Virtual Village, Glory Hole 活體洞


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