食咗我隻居2 Erosion of Home2

sample_bricks_blank據美國顧問機構Demographia2015年的調查顯示,香港連續五年成為全球供樓負擔比率最高的城市,48%的樓價超過500萬元,平均每個家庭“不吃不喝”17年[i],方可買到一單位,即使面對現時低息環境,家庭平均每月供款仍佔收入達六成半。房價過高是香港社會一大難題。有調查顯示香港許多父母都憂慮子女沒樓不能結婚[ii],為了供樓,市民可能犧牲了許多東西,是甚麼東西?是否值得?作品「食咗我隻居?」探討這問題。

在2014年「食咗我隻居?」的展覽內,文晶瑩做了一些前期工作,詢問觀眾,她/他們曾否為了買樓,放棄過甚麼?答案有些也相當驚人,例如放棄夢想、做人、「可以出賣肉體」,可見買樓對一些人來說是何等大事。作者的答案則是「書中自有黃金屋,為了工作,自己反而沒有好好讀書,放棄興趣和樂趣,時常要有策略地讀。」所以文晶瑩以一本書回應觀眾的答案,例如有觀眾說「放棄了隱私」,文晶瑩則選了〈原來我沒有生活(2)〉一書,再把答案和書切碎,製成磚頭。在香港「買磚頭」即買樓,這樣子,願望是否便達成了?

今次文晶瑩會收集更多答案,去製作更多磚頭來建-間屋。場內一幅牆開放由觀眾砌磚,由她/他們回答問題,「為了買房子,你放棄過甚麼嗎?」,將答案寫在紙板磚上,然後貼在牆上,重新檢視被放棄的東西的重要性。

2015年3月的展覽,4天有90人回應,有些香港人在紙磚上寫上「家人」、「朋友」、「香港」、「抗爭」,最多人放棄「夢想」,亦有人放棄買樓。

[i]http://www.demographia.com/dhi.pdf

[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.

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