This archive originates from my late grandfather, Eric Key, who resided in Hong Kong from 1960-80s.
An avid photographer and documentarian, his vast archive was a great source of inspiration for this project. As well as the usual family chronicles, he was intrigued by locality, regularly pointing his lens at the ever changing landscape of HK and its long standing traditions.
Given the opportunity and space to produce large-scale installations, I wanted to choose specific inspirations from the archive associated with ‘movement.’ Responding to a still image and that feeling of wonder we momentarily experience whilst observing firework displays, and then transforming them back into the present, capturing that moment in time in tangible form.
The series of works were presented at 7A project space (Wakefield), alongside a music and performance event with Swedish band ‘Weils’, fellow artist Richard Wheater, and performers from CAPA college. This one-off evening presented a spectacular example of creative collaboration and meaning, seen by not only a local but national audience. An upcoming presentation with film-maker Wayne Sables is in production, documenting this event and its lead up.
“..’Fireworks’ are a tangible interpretation of an explosion held in time”