Zoe Marden
    Little Lo Ting

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    As said by Roland Barthes; “The best weapon against myth is perhaps to mythify it in its turn, and to produce an artificial myth” The Lo Ting is half human, half fish, a creature, a mermaid and the alleged ancestor of the people of Hong Kong. A myth co-oped by curator Oscar Ho in 1997, the year when Hong Kong was returned to China, bringing to end 100 years of British colonial rule.

    This mythological creature has become a way to re-imagine a future for Hong Kong, to question the multiplicity of history and how it is narrated and created. The figure of the Mermaid appears in stories as a creature that is neither here nor there, neither human nor fish. A gender fluid figure for the queer imagination.

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