Candy Bird x
20,000 Ways to Die
in Yau Ma Tei
The room of death of the underclass reflects their lives.
The HK Murder Guide “20,000 Ways to Die in Yau Ma Tei” was established in 2016. Inspired by the work of the American gangster novelist Lawrence Block, "Eight Million Ways to Die", the audience is led to the locations of ten murders of 1.5 km of Yau Ma Tei to relive the bustling scene. From the corpse-dumping in Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei to corpse-dumping of a naked woman wrapped only with a mattress, this tour unveils the valley of the shadow of death in this vibrant international city and let you listen to the stories of the unnamed and feel the vibe of Hong Kong with flesh and blood.
Candy Bird joined“20,000 Ways to Die in Yau Ma Tei” led by Holok Chen, one of the co-founders of this guided tour in 2017. He later invited Chen for cross-media collaboration in Hong Kong and Taipei. Candy uses graffiti, wall paintings, graphics as well as various art forms to reflect his takeaways of the tour - The quiet death of those who are at the bottom of the social hierarchy deserves only a small corner of a news report in the media. His arts brings back the heaviness of life from the lightless rhetoric and as a way to respond and rethink violence and life in a city.
This exhibition is co-curated by Holok Chen and Wai Ling Ng.
Exhibition Date: 8 December to 30 December
kubrick(Shop H2, Prosperous Garden Block 3, Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei)
Eaton Hotel HK 4/F Eaton House(No. 380 Nathan Road, Jordan)
PRÉCÉDÉE(No. 304 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei)
Opening Lecture – Art x Society
Candy Bird in conversation with Holok Chen
Date: 9 December 2018
Venue: CINEMATHEQUE 1/F(Shop H2, Prosperous Garden Block 3, Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei)
Holok Chen and Candy Bird will share the experience of this cooperation. The reflection of Candy Bird on his growing Taipei is also included. They will also discuss the multiple relationships between art and society in Hong Kong and Taipei.
Special thanks to
EATON HK, Liber Research Community, Hong Kong Christian Student Movement, Kubrick Bookstore, Para-site Art Space, Taipei ( ) Art Salon, Taipei Oomph art.