Understanding self may be a never stop question. As Descartes said, ‘I think, therefore I am.’ We are deeply driven by our sense of identity, of who we are. A social psychologist, Peter Weinreich (1939 – 2016), defines a person’s identity is the totality of one’s self-construal. The expression of oneself in the present construed continuity from the past and in the future.
The two artists, Simon Yung and Kenny Mak, who invited to participate in this exhibition, interpret their perception of identity through art. Yung explores the continuity between the past, present and the future by landscape paintings. His works imbued with the scholarly manners and tastes of the Song’s cultivation. He started his identity journey from a famous poem “Shuidiao Getou” by Su Shi and borrowed the image of the moon to begin his exploration of identity.
Conversely, Mak immensely affected by Western art techniques. As the fourth generation of Lingnan Art School artist, he not only adopted the innovative art style but also succeeded in the philosophical tradition of Chinese ink painting. He probes a question of identity perspective by his presentation of artworks.
Identity is a broad and influential concept in the social sciences and humanities. It has proven to be remarkably fluid and malleable, with different disciplines able to define identity in ways that best suit their purposes and emphases. People may reshape their identities under different circumstances. The sense of identity in the coming future may begin with sociotropic threat. In the post-pandemic period, the world might appear growing distrustful of cultural outsiders and more polarised by ethnicity, age and class. A feeling of besiegement may put traditional identity under tremendous pressure, and a new kind of identity may be developed – one that is more strongly felt as well as narrower and more combative.
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