Wong Wei Him

Water・Barriers | 2019 - 2020

Since July 2019, authorities have begun imposing a security cordon

in many government and police headquarters using 2-meter-high

water filled barriers to avoid direct impact between police and protesters.

This unprecedented installation throughout the entire city becomes

a new metaphor in this anti-government protest of Hong Kong

and create a new urban scenery even in absence of street conflict.

'Be water' is the most famous saying of Bruce Lee that becomes

the clarion call of young protesters, reminding themselves

a “formless” protest to sustain their momentum and secure

the continued goodwill of the public. Water finds itself

a double meaning in this anti-government protest.

The concept of 'barrier' appears in many different forms,

and keep evolving itself throughout the protest.

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