HONG KONG (Reuters) – Railings festooned with tear gas canisters and colorful postcards are artworks that protesters in Hong Kong have made from materials left over from recent demonstrations, hoping to spread their message in the Chinese-controlled territory.
Part promotion, part politics and often laced with undertones of satire, different art forms have flourished across the Asian financial hub as the escalating anti-government protests of the past 10 weeks lead to yet more violent clashes.
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A protest movement that began as opposition to a now-suspended extradition bill has evolved into a direct challenge to the city’s government and calls for full democracy.
Simple banners and online notices seen when the protests began in June have morphed into a sophisticated and creative marketing blitz of posters, anime videos and art installations.
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“If we have to get everyone involved, we have to promote it,” said Cecilia Yau, a university student studying in Melbourne, who spends her free time designing posters and infographics for the movement.
“The message is of utmost importance,” she said, explaining that the posters had to cater to different readers, for example employing large fonts and a simple design to target elderly pro-Beijing residents.
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Yau typically distributes posters online for teams of more than a thousand people in some cases, to print and post on social media. There was no overall leader, she said, however.
In the midst of clashes between black-clad, mostly young activists and riot police, or, at times, suspected gang members who support the government, an organization called Imagine Hong Kong has created a pop-up exhibition.
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“Stand with Hong Kong”, located in the city’s Sheung Wan district, a flashpoint for previous protests, aims to give viewers the space to reflect on the situation, using newspaper clippings and images tracking the...
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