Leung Mee-ping: Material Meaning
If you don’t give or take, what’s the point of life? If you give up something, the thing that you give up also shapes who you are.
In the warehouse of Hong Kong artist Leung Mee-ping, you’ll find no shortage of discarded objects: boxes of sun-dried teabags and human hair, piles of stuffed animals, suitcases stuffed with sickness bags. Over the course of her career, Leung has collected thousands of these byproducts of human existence and repurposed them into artworks, finding meaning in the sheer scale of things that the world produces.
Leung takes M+ on a tour of her practice, from her warehouse space to community collection centres and landfills, reflecting along the way on the lifecycle of materials and the beauty that comes from sorting and understanding the things that we abandon.
Produced by M+
Director: Lo Chun Yip
Writer: Willis Ho
Cinematographer: Yip Man Hay, Lo Chun Yip
Sound Recordist: Chan Yu Hin
Editor: Law Sin Yan
Researcher: Eddie Cheung Wai Sum
M+ Video Production: Chris Sullivan, Jaye Yau, Angel Ng Wan Yi, Kenji Wong Wai Kin
M+ Curatorial: Tina Pang, Chloe Chow
M+ Transcript and Closed Captions: LW Lam, Amy Leung, Gloria Furness
Part of the series “Artist’s Lens”
Artist’s Lens features interviews with a variety of artists and makers in the M+ Collections.