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Zoe Liu

Let’em Flee! is Zoe Liu’s ongoing series of mixed media drawings on paper that looks at social control in Hong Kong. 

Having grown up there Liu is intimately familiar with the consequences of score-oriented educational system and extreme parenting. Both value obedience, memorization and drilling rather than independent and analytical thinking. Many students in this high-pressure situation, as young as six years old, tragically chose to pursue freedom through suicide. The figures are rendered amidst layers of calligraphy drawn from common phrases of parental expectations and scolding. The phrases ”force-disappear” the figures through their insistence.  


Liu’s work explores the roots of Hong Kong's oppressive society, and how it impacts each new generation.

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