Artist Bouie Choi & Tribute to musician and filmmaker Joshua Wong
Artist Bouie Choi’s works incorporate painting, video documentation and mixed media. In recent years, her work has examined such issues as the colonial past of Hong Kong, the environment, and social values. The Karin Weber Gallery is currently featuring the group exhibition, “Now Showing”, in which eleven local artists have created pieces centred on a film of their own choice. Choi is one of them.
Covid-19 made 2020 a challenging year for most of us, and we are all hoping that with the availability of vaccines this year, and inoculations already underway in some places, 2021 will take a turn for the better. But 2020 has brought us much sad news in the cultural sphere, including news of the death in the United Kingdom, on December 28th, of the world-renowned Chinese-born British pianist Fou Ts’ong. He was 86. Fou was highly regarded for his interpretations of Chopin’s music. Here in Hong Kong, we lost another considerable creative talent in the form of musician and film-maker Joshua Wong. The Works first featured Joshua and his band Noughts and Exes in 2010 and has followed his career with interest ever since. He is also the band leader of Whence He Came.
Not only did Noughts and Exes visit our studio, in 2013, the day after his wedding, Joshua came to perform with the band at our outdoor concert in Kwun Tong. He was also a filmmaker and, for many, as for our very own Ben Tse, a long-time friend. In March 2018, shortly after his 40th birthday, Josh was diagnosed with a vicious and rare form of cancer. Since then, Josh not only fought the illness and even lost an eye because of it, he also continued to create, make music, make a feature film, and live life to the full.