[ii]劉雅艷，「近半「窮中產」 最憂子女置業難 收入越低焦慮越多 學者倡拓多元經濟釋除不安」 ，文匯報，A24， 香港新聞 ， 2013-12-16。
The Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey has ranked Hong Kong as No. 1 in the whole world in terms of the ‘most unaffordable’ housing for five consecutive years. 48% of the properties cost more than 5 million dollars. Hong Kong families do not eat or drink for an average of 17 years can buy a flat. Despite the low interest rates, 65% of the average monthly household income goes towards payment of the mortgage. High real estate price is a major problem of Hong Kong society. A survey[i] has showed that many parents worry about their children not having a flat and, therefore, they may not be able to get married. To own a flat, people sacrifice a lot of things. What are they? Is it worth? The work “Erosion of Home?” studies this issue.
In the exhibition “Erosion of Home?” in 2014, Phoebe asked the audience what they gave up to buy a property. Some of the answers were quite surprising, such as giving up dreams, giving up to be a human and some even said it meant “able to sell her body”. To own a property is such a big thing in most people’s lives. The answer of the artist is ” To keep my job, I do not have time to read what interests me. I give up the pleasure of reading.” Therefore the artist has used a book to respond to answers of the audience. For example, a visitor said “give up privacy” and Phoebe used the book < I have no life (2). > to reply. She shredded the answer of the visitor and the book and made a brick. Hong Kong has a saying that buying a house is to buy a brick. Is this the way to fulfill the dream of buying a house?
In the coming exhibition “Throw a Sprat to Catch a Mackerel”, Phoebe will collect more answers to make more bricks; she will build a flat later. There is a wall in the exhibition space on which the audience can write what they gave up to own a flat on a paper brick and stick it on the wall. This can be a way to re-examine the importance of discarded things.
In the 4- day exhibition, 90 viewers wrote down what they gave up: “family”, “friends”, “Hong Kong”, “Confrontation”. Most of the people gave up “dreams”. Some gave up buying a flat.
[i]LauNgan Yin, “Nearly half of the poor middle class worried that their children found it hard to buy a flat, lower income leads to more anxiety, scholars advocated diversifying the economy to release the anxiety,” Wen Wei Po, A24, Hong Kong News, 2013-12-16.