Artist Statement – Enoch Cheung
About Secret dialogue: about children hospital (2009)
Secret dialogue: about children hospital contains a dual screen High Definition video and a series of panoramic images, about the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children in Hackney that was closed down in 1997. After the hospital was closed down, there were burglar and passer-by entering the hospital without permission, now the site is guarded by security. For more than ten years, the empty site intertwined with the history of the children patients, the hospital staff and the interlopers. The remains from people establish certain hidden dialogue.
About the video
The image and the use of effect are simply ‘triggers’ of the thinking of the past and of the compressed childhood life from an empty site that was abandoned. The video attempted to by ‘triggering’ viewer’s short-term memory, then to explore individual value about life and death.
About the photography
Time seems frozen at the site, but subtly mixed with different interferences by different people at different time. The linear installation of the images leads the audience to witness the interlacing timelines of the history of the hospital.