Amy Cheung gained her BA in History of Art & Fine Art from Goldsmith’s College and her MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL, University of London. Group exhibitions in which Cheung has participated include “Hong Kong Eye” (Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, 2012), “Camouflage” (Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland, 2012), and “STAR FAIRY: Hong Kong in Venice” (52nd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2007). In 2010, Cheung was awarded a fellowship grant from the Asian Cultural Council to conduct research and participate in an international residency program in New York. Cheung is the founding director of the interdisciplinary design agency and experimental label, “handkerchief”. Cheung’s work is collected by M+ Museum (Hong Kong).
Cheung currently lives and works in New York, USA.
72 Hours / 2017
Having once experienced her own Adventure in Wonderland in a dream and subsequently creating Down the Rabbit Hole Taxi (2004), Amy Cheung enacted a performance titled 72 Hours, lasting the duration of three days starting from 30 June 2017, the day before the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong, until 2 July 2017, the day after. During the performance, the artist blindfolded herself and relied on the physical guidance of a different Hong Kong citizen each hour to walk, trace and verbalise his or her respective narratives about self and society in the past 20 years, weaving individual stories together into a collective memory.
The performance is documented by a plethora of video cameras, including the appendages of video recorders on the dress the artist wore. These footages are edited and adapted to a sprawling dual-channel-video and eight-channel-sound installation, rendering a choreographed multitude of voices and perspectives. The content is divided thematically into nine chapters, foregrounding demographics, political agency, architectural history, ecology, spirituality, and law and order.