A House Tour

Artist: Kitman Yeung

Kitman Yeung experiments with nostalgic sensitivities through mediums of photography, illustrations, and animation.

Medium: Photographs, videos, soundtrack

Description: ‘A House Tour’ presents a series of collage, still photography and video artworks that use imbrication to explore their experience of an inter-country home. The components were taken from homes in Xinhui, Perth and Melbourne, spanning across regions in China and Australia. The artist’s parents have contributed archived family photographs and video recordings, which focus on scenes of daily foot spas, prayers, walks and observations. Together with video recorded in Melbourne, the work constructs a dialogue around place and the family relationship. The still photographs and collages work to address the coming of age conflict during cultural migration. ‘A House Tour’ draws on the trans-cultural perspective of the artist, ruminating on the daily experience of living in an inter-country household.

 

Visit A House Tour at https://man99seat.myportfolio.com/a-house-tour from 5-15th August 2021. Presented as part of Mudfest, University of Melbourne Student Union Arts Festival.

 

Around Cycles
Colourful collage of photographs, digitally manipulated images and hand drawn elements. Bright yellow, light blue, and red colours populate the collage. The subject matter is of family members and abstract scenes. It is vertically symmetrical with a strong centre where an ‘X’ has been created by a manipulated pattern of chinese lanterns. Overcoming

A photographic collage. The main photographic element is of buildings within natural settings. There is a panoramic landscape in the background, a temple buried within greenery is layered upon this image. More layers of buildings both upright and inverted are seen. Black and white images of seated figures, red plastic stools, and seafood dishes are scattered around the composition.

 

Sounds from Home

Audio description: Ambient rumblings and background noises. Sounds include some brief moments of talking (not in English), car noises, street sounds.

Town A
A photographic collage. A woman and a man are standing in the centre holding hands. Other visual elements include parked white cars, a palm tree, an old photo of a baby, pink checkered images, and a romanesque column.
Town B
A photographic collage. A woman and a man are standing in the bottom center. A long strip of grey steps lead up towards the centre of the image. Photographs of high rise buildings fill the space. Other visual elements include a temple surrounded by greenery, highly saturated patterned image of Chinese lanterns, and a white silhouette of power lines.
Town C
A photographic collage. A man and a woman stand at the front holding a baby. Other visual elements include a white picket fence, high rise buildings coming out of traditional Chinese architectural features, crowds of people, a red bus, and photographs of mountainous landscapes.
Advice from mum

Video description: Fragments of videos of domestic scenes 

Audio description: Advice from the artist’s mother (not in English)

 

Questions from dad

Video description: A fragment of domestic scenes. Someone putting away dishes, walking through a hallway, a study. 

Audio description: The artist’s father asking questions such as ‘have you eaten today?’

 

Rough hands

Video description: A torch light in a dark room room shows photographs of people and hands

Audio description: There is no audio

 

The daily conversation

 Video description: A fragment of scenes from domestic scenes, streetscapes, hands, people in the home.

Audio description: Fragments of speaking (not in English) of regular, everyday conversations.

 

Time-lapse of video installation

Video description: A timelapse video of the artist’s full installation being prepared.

Audio description: There is no audio

 

Mudfest Artist Interview with Curator

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.