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On the sidelines of the Hong Kong Art Fair, authorities censor an installation denouncing oppression


The creation by American artist Patrick Amadon listed the names of opponents imprisoned by the pro-Beijing regime.

A digital artwork revealing the names of imprisoned opponents on a huge panel in central Hong Kong has been dismantled, the gallery behind the installation confirmed on Thursday.

No Rioters

(no rioters), a video installation created by American artist Patrick Amadon, was part of a group of works featured on this 1,400 m2 panel, installed next to a department store in the very Causeway Bay trader.

This installation coincided with the holding of two major contemporary art fairs in Hong Kong aimed at attracting galleries and foreign buyers after years of restriction caused by the Covid pandemic.

According to Francesca Boffetti, who runs the Milan-based gallery working with Patrick Amadon, the decision to dismantle the work was made at the request of the department store that owns the place.


We don't know if government intervention caused this

," she said.

The American artist said for his part on Twitter that his work had been dismantled "

at the request of the government


AFP could not immediately obtain comments from the Hong Kong government, the SOGO brand department store and the American artist himself.

More than 10,000 people arrested

Patrick Amadon had indicated last week on Twitter that he had managed to slip the names, the age and the list of the crimes accused of these opponents into his work consisting, among other things, of text appearing and disappearing.

Wen Wei Po,

a pro-Beijing newspaper, then claimed that the American artist was thus expressing his support for the rioters.

According to a pro-Beijing newspaper, I am pro-rioters.

It's correct

, ”retorted the artist, still on Twitter.

Names appearing in the 24-second video include activist Joshua Wong, academic Benny Tai and other pro-democracy figures currently accused of subversion.

More than 10,000 people have been arrested in connection with the major protests in 2019, 6,000 of whom are still awaiting possible indictment.


No rioters, only tyranny

" was one of the slogans used by Hong Kong protesters in 2019, in response to the government calling them "rioters



Source: lefigaro

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