Hong Kong / Illustrated Map of Umbrella Revolution

Hong Kong / Illustrated Map of Umbrella Revolution
Umbrella Movement © 2014, Kong Chi Lo
Umbrella Movement © 2014, Kong Chi Lo
Umbrella Movement © 2014, Kong Chi Lo

 

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.

 

Umbrella Movement (zoom in) © 2014, Kong Chi Lo
Umbrella Movement (zoom in) © 2014, Kong Chi Lo

 

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.

2 Comments on “Hong Kong / Illustrated Map of Umbrella Revolution

  1. It is very interesting to see how the local artists use cartoon drawing to illustrate their feelings and views towards ‘Umbrella Revolution’ . The drawing is very detail in a way that each part of it is telling a different story and message, and between each part there is clever relationship and coherency. When different part of the drawings make up the whole picture, it is telling another message.

    This kind of drawing reminds me of the western comics and cartoons drawing during the old war period. Because during those days if you directly tell your thought through the use of words, and when your thought is opposite to the government’s stance, you will be immediately under arrested. Therefore, what people do is to start drawing political cartoons to express their thinking. The advantage of this is every single person can have their own interpretation of the drawing without a specific answer, but at the same time the artists can express their idea freely without any constraints.
    I believe one of a possible way to further this research will be to compare these kind of Chinese modern political cartoons with the western old one, to see how they are culturally different and how they have been evolved.

  2. Unlike original map or plan which only shows information and data, this drawing also shows the atmosphere of the umbrella movement. In order to strengthen the understanding between protestors activities and space around, it is suggested that the actual locations where the activities happened in the above drawing can be annotated in an ordinary Hong Kong map. With this two maps, the better full picture can be shown in the research, which is both informative and atmospheric.

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