Kacey Wong & his provocative pink tank at Hong Kong’s 1 July marches

kacey-wong-real-culture-bureau-apc-hong-kong-2012-1
Kacey Wong – The Real Cultural Bureau Tank, 2012, cardboard, wood

Hongkongers flood the streets & protest for democracy

The Hong Kong 1 July protests are a surprising sight on the often chaotic stress. This day marks the transfer of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to China (PRC)1 and is a public holiday it was originally thought to be a day of celebration. However, now it is mostly known for hundreds of thousands of people flooding the streets who protest for democracy, universal suffrage and a variety of other political concerns.

The origins of Hong Kong’s 1 July protests

This annual protest2 rally started in 1997, the year of the handover, and in 2003 brought out as much as 500.000 Hong Kongers. Only the protest in May 1989 in favor of the participants of the Tiananmen Square protests3 was bigger with 1.5 million participants.

Kacey Wong’s pink tank

In 2012, 400.000 other citizens took part in the protest, among them Hong Kong artist Kacey Wong. He paraded the streets, using a pink tank made out of cardboard. His artwork called The Real Culture Bureau and the Real Culture Bureau director aims to reflect the changing political and cultural situation of Hong Kong and to portray a corrupted government official which for the artist embodies money and violence often seen in mainland China.

Throwing fake money at real politicians

Kacey Wong threw fake money ($100 million dollars bill) to real politicians and other real local political parties to prevent them for putting up resistance against the Pink Party and demanded harmonious silence from them.

Photos

Kacey Wong - The Real Cultural Bureau Tank, 2012, cardboard, wood
Kacey Wong – The Real Cultural Bureau Tank, 2012, cardboard, wood

Kacey Wong - The Real Cultural Bureau Tank, 2012, cardboard, wood
Kacey Wong – The Real Cultural Bureau Tank, 2012, cardboard, wood

kacey-wong-real-culture-bureau-apc-hong-kong-2012-2
Kacey Wong – The Real Cultural Bureau Tank, 2012, cardboard, wood

kacey-wong-real-culture-bureau-apc-hong-kong-2012-3
Kacey Wong – The Real Cultural Bureau Tank, 2012, cardboard, wood

kacey-wong-real-culture-bureau-apc-hong-kong-2012-4
Kacey Wong – The Real Cultural Bureau Tank, 2012, cardboard, wood

kacey-wong-real-culture-bureau-apc-hong-kong-2012-5
Kacey Wong – The Real Cultural Bureau Tank, 2012, cardboard, wood

kacey-wong-real-culture-bureau-apc-hong-kong-2012-6
Kacey Wong – The Real Cultural Bureau Tank, 2012, cardboard, wood

All images by Kacey Wong/kaceywong.com unless otherwise noted.

Video

3min 40sec

Related works

Related readings

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handover_of_Hong_Kong
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong_1_July_marches
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1989_Tiananmen_Square_protests
Discover more ..
Support us If you find any joy and value in what we do, please consider supporting us with a deeply appreciated donation. We are a fully independent operation and don’t publish copy-pasted press releases, hidden advertorials or paid content on our daily blog. One hundred percent of our editorial content is specifically commissioned.

Donations help us provide better content and run less ads. Contributions can be made with PayPal or by credit card.

Support us

Last updated on

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


*


Stay in touch

We would love to keep the conversation going.

Please join us on Pinterest, YouTube or Instagram.

Want inspiration in your inbox?

PUBLIC DELIVERY