UA Whampoa, 6th August 1993
(a set of 6)
Colorpencil and acrylic on paper mounted on board
68 x 102 cm
In 1993, an incident occurred which shocked the Hong Kong public.
According to an account published in the Chinese-language version of Wikipedia, that year a young man named Lam Kwok-wai had raped a total of 13 women and girls, and murdered three of them.
On August 5th 1993, he raped his ninth victim. After the rape, he asked her for her phone number, and made a date to go to the movies with her the following day. That same night, the girl went to the police station to report the crime, accompanied by her older brother.
The next day the police apprehended Lam outside the front entrance of the UA Whampoa cinema.
Twenty years later, when Ho Sin Tung was researching this case, she discovered that there were a number of discrepancies in the different newspaper accounts, and many unclear areas, even including the number of victims and the dates on which the crimes took place.
On August 6th, the UA Whampoa was screening six different films. Ho Sing Tung made drawings of these posters, representing films the couple might have watched that day. But in her drawings Ho deleted the central image from each poster, leaving only the background colour and the surrounding borders, and the sentimental or vulgar promotional texts. She captures the absurdity and suspense of a ‘movie date’ that was in reality only the briefest of encounters. Many elements are woven into this ‘relationship’: desire, structure, morality, community, ritual, good and evil, eternity,
as the relationship swings between the extremes of cruelty (the rapist trying to get closer to his victim) and of mundanity (the everyday act of watching a film).
---"Everyone Says I Love You" Wong Ching