Comyn MO Man YuMan and Woman 1985

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An improvised piece played by Thomas Chan and Margaret Lee within the confines of one room. Using a hybrid of middle class Cantonese and English, the conversation appears mundane and unfocused. However, the use of English to talk about love and Cantonese to talk about food and things not relating to love are common in Hong Kong. Young people in Hong Kong find it difficult to say the word “love” in Chinese and prefer to say “love” in English. The difficulty in expressing deep feelings in the Chinese culture is gradually overcome by developing a more open and assertive expression using a hybrid language. This work has been screened in the Island Film and Video Festival, UK and the 51st Sydney Film Festival, Australia.

About the artist

MO Man-yu was born in 1960 in Hong Kong. He works predominantly in film and video but is also passionate about the performing arts, installation, photography and writing. Some of his signature themes include conceptualized bodily movements, surrealistic images, animation and time lapse. Mo graduated from the Design Department of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A co-founder of Videotage, and a member of Modern Films Production and Zuni Icosahedron, Mo’s experimental short films have won prizes in the Hong Kong Independent Short Film Festival and the Bruxelles International Film Festival. He has also conducted a touring show of his works that were produced by Modern Films Production in Europe and America. Mo’s film projects have been commissioned by the Goethe Institute in collaboration with the Hong Kong Baptist University. He is also an Alumni of the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship grant for US cultural exchange activity. He was commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival for a video installation and performance piece, and was invited to participate in an artist-in-residency program curated by Yellow Springs Institute, Pennsylvannia, USA alongside Danny Yung from Zuni Icosahedron. Mo’s installation artworks have been exhibited at the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Asian American Arts Center in New York. His graphic art, poetic writings and reviews on art events and movies have been published by various local newspapers and magazines. Mo currently lives in Holland where he is pursuing an advance meditation program.