How art meets activism in one artist’s vast series of faceless portraits
Nameless 0522 (2022)
Nameless 01 (2019)
Nameless 5521 (2021)
sM | How has the political climate in Hong Kong informed your mission as an artist?
NY — It was early in my career when this political crisis started, particularly the first White Ribbon protests, so I began using black and white as the main colour scheme to represent these violent protests. It was after this that the government took over and controlled the city. We had no way out, and that scar was buried deep in our hearts, yet people were still able to force a smile to confront the ridiculous problems happening in our city daily. Nameless is my way of reflecting on this situation of people without a soul, without truth, without a dream, living in an empty body. But I try to stay positive as a way to face these things, and though the paintings were born from darkness, the more I look at them, the more happiness I see.
Find more of Norris Yim at www.norrisyimart.com.