Abby Chen has been monitoring the creative survival of Hong Kong artists in the face of an extraordinarily expensive housing market, eroding political independence from Beijing, and increasingly hostile incursions by that government into civic life in Hong Kong. In 2014 the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement rallied hundreds of thousands of students to protest against mainland interference in elections and opened an era of political activism and civil disobedience in the territory’s youth. Chen is researching contemporary artists’ practices during this volatile period, working towards a forthcoming exhibition.
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