Pillar of Shame: Memory, Oppression and Empowerment

Panel Discussion

May 23, 2024 10:30
Pillar of Shame: Memory, Oppression and Empowerment

"Pillar of Shame: Memory, Oppression, and Empowerment," is a panel discussion that critically examines the removal and seizure of the iconic "Pillar of Shame" sculpture in Hong Kong and its ramifications. Our exploration encompasses the dynamic influence of art in safeguarding collective memory, the stifling of dissent through charges such as sedition and national security, and the implications of these actions, ranging from intimidation in Hong Kong to self-censorship within the international art community. Our distinguished panel, consisting of artists, scholars and activists, will cast a spotlight on the intricate facets of this situation. We will delve into how art empowers communities to confront historical injustices, the pivotal role played by international solidarity networks, and strategic approaches to counteract oppression. Ultimately, our discussion navigates the intersection of art, memory, and freedom of expression in our interconnected world.





Mr. Jens Galschiøt Mr. Jens Galschiøt
Danish Sculptor best known for the Pillar of Shame.
Dr. Eric Otto Wear Dr. Eric Otto Wear
Censorship and Freedom of Expression Committee, International Association of Art Critics (AICA) Former Associate Head, School of Design, HK PolyU and former Director, Asian Art Archive
Dr. Kacey Wong Dr. Kacey Wong
Hong Kong Political Artist and former Assistant Professor of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


Mr. Dean C.K. Cox Mr. Dean C.K. Cox
Photographer, Media Consultant and former Senior Lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist University.