Umbrella Movement in art

[Updated on May 23, 2016]

[May 23, 2016] Lights out for controversial 2047 ‘Countdown Machine’ art installation on Hong Kong’s ICC building ; ICC building protest art suspended as Arts Council slams artists’ ‘disrespect’

Film “Ten Years” Dark vision of Hong Kong’s future proves surprise box office hit ; Global Times says it is absurd ; Ten Years wins ‘best film’ at 2016 HK Film Awards, as news of win is censored in China

其後:雨傘運動中的物件 Hereafter: Objects from the Umbrella Movement (26/9/2015 – 16/10/2015)

[Sep 28, 2015] Protest street art on display; [Sep 2] Occupy art exhibition struggles to find home in time for anniversary

[Sep 28] HK Journalists Association’s photojournalism exhibition disappears from urban centers 消失於鬧市的攝影展

[Sep 24] Italian artist donates Occupy paintings to university

[March 28, 2016] Humour out of chaos: How satire helps channel Hong Kong people’s frustrations


During the umbrella movement:

“Just as the protests have upended the notion that Hong Kong people don’t care about politics, the blast of public art is changing the image of a city better known for making money than for art and culture.” (Rescuing Protest Artwork From Hong Kong’s Streets

RTHK’s The Works: and

Channel 4 News The political art behind the umbrella revolution in Hong Kong

CNN, Art bursts from Hong Kong protests

A View of the Artistic Protests of the Umbrella Movement

Cartoonist of Mr. and Ms. HK People : profile

Words of the Umbrella Movement

Word art 街上的民字

Wordplay a new weapon in Hong Kong democracy battle

佔領區的靈性 落地的信仰

Giant projector: and

A cartoon timeline: Harry’s View on Occupy Central

Kickstarter Funds `HK Trilogy’ Film

Umbrella dance: Chapter 9.28; review

Urban design: Hong Kong Government Office Architect Reflects on ‘Occupy’ Movement

Rocco Yim… is the lead architect of Rocco Design Architects Ltd, the Hong Kong firm that originally designed the government complex, including the area that stretches from Tamar Park to a elevated walkway that links the Legislative Council with a nearby office building…

Mr. Yim said that the protests made him rethink his views on the space surrounding the government complex. “As I walked through the occupied zones towards Central, which felt so much less congested and cleaner, I thought: do we really need so many roads? Can we do something to persuade people to use their cars less, and pedestrianize this area — if not permanently, at least occasionally? If we could experiment with fewer roads – not just for protesters, but as a civic space – it could have a very positive effect.”

What this protest art means for the protest and the art scene: 一場學運兩種進路─香港藝術X社運的範式轉移

Knowing that the occupy movement will end some day, there is a rush to preserve this art:

Rescuing Protest Artwork From Hong Kong’s Streets

Will Hong Kong’s protest art be saved?

Victoria and Albert Museum

Hong Kong Artists concern protest art Community

Occupy art in Germany :  When Protest Becomes Art: The Contradictory Transformations of the Occupy Movement at Documenta 13 and Berlin Biennale 7

[Mar. 6]  Umbrellas part of Maritime Museum exhibition of HK history


Umbrella art exhibition at universities 聯校雨傘運動藝術展 以藝術呼籲大眾「勿忘初衷」

[June 25] A HK photographer won the French PX3 Gold award for umbrella pictures 記錄佔領一刻 港人奪法國攝影賽PX3金獎

Can the Umbrella generation build careers in art? 文化創作能做職業嗎?

HK has worked very hard to promote artistic creativity, the Umbrella Movement achieved it overnight: Hong Kong Moves to Refashion Itself as a Global Hub of Creativity

And preserving old HK in sketches: 事吉茶記 Sketcher-Kee

USIP Global Campus’ online course on nonviolence:  Civil Resistance and the Dynamics of Nonviolent Movements5.4.1 Arts and Resistance Overview

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After occupy:

[Mar. 28, 2015] art fair at the Tim Mei tent city in Admiralty



Student drawings:

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Kasey Wong’s Art of protest:





See also Umbrella Movement in songs

Some unspecified images are taken from Facebook feeds, esp.


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