Hong Kong / Illustrated Map of Umbrella Revolution
During the Umbrella Movement, a lot of artists have contributed to the revolution with their drawings, photos, films and even art installations, not only to record it but also express their wishes towards democracy. There is a local artists, Kong Chi Lo (Cuson), has produced a drawings named the same as the moment “UMBRELLA REVOLUTION” in mid-November 2014 and uploaded it on his Facebook. The drawing is plot as umbrella shape which represents the revolution in a more direct way.
In this drawing, Cuson has recorded a lot of details of the revolution, which include the key events happened in all of the occupied areas since the revolution began, such as protesters being attacked by police on 28 September and the meeting between HKFS (Hong Kong Federation of Students) and the Government on 21 October. The drawing also emphasizes the architectural elements which help form the occupied areas. For example, the fences and barriers used by the protesters to set boundaries for occupied area are clearly and repeatedly illustrated on the edge of the umbrella shape. Through looking into the details, one can be reminded how the revolution took place and what did the protesters do in the occupied areas.
The drawing is named as “雨傘上河圖” in Chinese, which shared a same Chinese suffix with the famous drawing “Along the River During the Qingming Festival(Qinghe Shanghe Tu)”. This is because Cuson’s drawing uses a similar way to record citizen activities.
Below is a video that goes through the whole drawing with a closer view.