Our Everyday—Our Borders came about from workshops and public participation, bringing together two Asian artists, Tang Kwok Hin (Hong Kong) and Motoyuki Shitamichi (Japan). Both engage in various forms of participation and exploration—including entering into the homes of local volunteers or taking up conversations with secondary-school students.
Though the works of both artists are displayed on the two sides of the exhibition space, there are many overlaps in how they deal with the concept of the everyday and borders. Both reflect on borders beyond the physical—pointing at the everyday imaginary of borders, from urban order, consumerism, social values, family morals, to geopolitics. Their works dig up notions of “borders” arising from human interaction. By performing, displaying, gathering, transforming, transcribing, or documenting these fluid borders, they seek to remind one of the possibilities of life amongst human beings.
About Rooftop Institute
Rooftop Institute originated from the idea of the “rooftop” as a traditional space of communal learning in Hong Kong; its mission is to develop a series of imaginings and practices enacted towards the concepts of space, community, learning and exchange.
Our program is intended to develop artist-in-residence schemes. We invite Asian and local artists to conduct artistic research and discussions on contemporary social and cultural issues; for instance, to touch upon topics like colonies, borders, migration, foreign workers and mixed marriages. This year, Rooftop Institute received the Certificate of Merit for Arts Education (non-school division) from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.