Above Second is please to present ‘Uprising’ a solo exhibition by Start from Zero (SFZ). This new body of work captures the uncertainty surrounding the future of artist communities in the industrial areas of Hong Kong. ‘Uprising’ will include mixed-media, and sculptures that combine materials including wood, metal sign, vinyl, cements, transforming Above Second to a space reminiscent of the industrial spaces in *Ngau Tau Kok.
SFZ has used the landscape of Hong Kong to reflect on what they believe are unjust social, political and cultural issues. In ‘Uprising’, the focus is on the future of Ngau Tau Kok. Just like Fo Tan, Ngau Tau Kok’s industrial space has became a haven for the creative fringe, including artists, musicians, pirate radio stations, tattoo parlors, and honey farm. The huge diversity of creative young talent giving a renewed life to these old warehouses is now under threat from the Government’s very ‘Hong Kong’ unrelenting insistence on ‘revitalization’ through property development. Any irony is lost in the face of profit-seeking. ‘Uprising’ is a protest.
An admiration and dedication to their fellow radical spirit of neighbors and friends, FM 101, Hidden Agenda, Dirty Boogie, SFZ’s created artworks based on each of these subversive heroines. ‘Uprising’, is the everyday struggle for artistic expression in Hong Kong is vibrantly portrayed through the collaborative efforts of these close-knit communities. The loss to Hong Kong if they are destroyed will be self-evident.