Which Things Were (Are) Allowed And Which Were (Are) Not – Version 2022 

Artist statement

Which Things Were (Are) Allowed And Which Were (Are) Not – Version 2022 is a project revision with the same title I created in 2014. 

 

The first version was done after visiting the Stasi Museum, the former grounds of the German Democratic Republic Ministry for State Security (MfS) headquarters. The museum presents evidence of how the German Democratic Republic controlled all aspects of life. 

 

I borrowed the concept of surveillance and created a series under "self-spying". I questioned the notion of what is allowed and what is not.

 

In 2022, I reexamined the above notion, but not merely about how we are shaped by ideology. After eight years, this new revision also depicted the emotions of the political unrest and the pandemic's consequences that we ought to confront.

Wai Kit Lam

Hong Kong

6.2022