Various artists have created different artworks in the forms of poems, paintings and tactile works to vividly express their feelings of what they saw and felt, to allow people to understand the situation and the needs of the people with different abilities.
Artist Lok Yeung-ming wrote the poem “Victoria City” and created 118 paintings according to the story in the poem, telling the building, development and changes of the environment of the city. It also reflects the people and events that have been forgotten and ignored gradually in the city, for instance, the Giraffe’s park, the boundary stone which has faded into oblivion, the life encounters of the old Nanny and the changes of her mind…
Kwan Tin-Lam and Hung Hiu-han, two instructors from the House of Hong Kong Literature joined the participants sitting in the wheelchairs to explore the streets in Kennedy Town. They explored the community from the angle of a wheelchair user. They used photographs, poetry, as well as comics to express what they saw and felt in the journey. This activity provides the participants a better understanding of the difficulties the people with disabilities are facing, which will arouse more concerns and cause more thinking on a barrier-free community.
Artist Wong Kin-hang created nine touchable artworks in different materials and textures, in the light of nine paragraphs of the poem “Victoria City”. The artworks are displayed with dictated recordings and Braille text. Through this barrier-free way, it is hoped that visually impaired people are given equal opportunity to visit the exhibition and enjoy the art.
“Walkway on the edge of Victoria City”, presented by artist Wong Kin-hang illustrates the urban planning of Kennedy Town in the form of arts. After conducting an onsite observation with the community members, Wong Kin-hang reveals the barriers on the road and accessible facilities in Kennedy Town by the crisscrossing lines.
Apart from making the art pieces, at the same time, the artist created a more detailed map with the additional online information he obtained earlier. By disturbuting the more detailed map through the online platform, we hope to merge art with life, and to assist the wheelchair users to plan their routes for travelling in the city.
Break up the barrier of soul by opening a dialogue between oneself and the puppet. In the process of puppet making, one is trying to understand and consider what physical disabilities are. Participants used left over fabric and recycled clothing to create puppets with particular features out of their feelings. Unlike puppets normally found, some of them are in wheelchairs and some lose their limbs.
Participants said that the creative process made them know themselves better, accept and love themselves more. Just like the puppets created, even though they have shortcomings, they can still be beautiful and worthy to be appreciated. A child thought of her relative who was inflexible in moving around when she was making her puppet. She made a beautiful walking stick for her puppet in a way to encourage her relative to go out more.
Race on the edge of “Victoria City” is a race created by artist Wong Kin-hang between remote-controlled wheelchair toys. It was also exhibited at an event held at Aberdeen Waterfront Park. Along the racing track, there are various obstacles and “barrier-free” signs. When people take part in the race, they are learning these signs in a relaxed way which is full of fun.