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TEN HANDOVERS (2004)

DAVID CLARKE

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In the exact middle of 1997 sovereignty over Hong Kong passed from Britain to the People's Republic of China. During that year I took one black and white photo on every day. Digital versions of those still photos are presented here in strict chronological order, at the rate of twelve images per second. The entire year's sequence is repeated ten times over.

Creating images in one medium, then presenting them in another/exploring the possibilities of looping and repetition/turning an archive into an artwork/compressing time (a year in about a minute)/investigating the different possibilities of viewing offered by different speeds of display/content as a glimpse/experimental documentary work/treating the task of preserving and mobilizing historical memory as being of great political importance, and one in which images have as much a role as texts, but also discovering the liberatory potential at certain points of grinding historical traces down almost to dust.

 

 

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