Five stages of trauma recovery brought to life by artists amid Coronavirus outbreak and Hong Kong protests help audience deal with current times

When a group of 12 Chinese University student artists put together the exhibition “The Healing Cave”, they could not have imagined the relevance it would have to the present situation in Hong Kong.

The exhibition, which runs until the end of March at OUR Gallery in Wan Chai, is an artistic response to the five stages of trauma recovery, with one installation representing each stage.

It’s an adaptation of an earlier on-campus exhibition that took place in late September during Hong Kong’s anti-government protests, but before the university hit the headlines internationally after it became a battleground between police and protesters.

The onset of the recent coronavirus makes the pieces even more tailored to current times, as we collectively deal with the outbreak, having lived through the Sars epidemic 17 years ago.