Arts and Culture
This paper looks at how to preserve protest artifacts and the culture of resistance as Hong Kong authorities turn authoritarian and repressive. What has been the role of cultural institutions, libraries and archives in taking up the challenge to preserve the recent past for future generations? And is the future all bleak? Images from Umbrella Movement Visual Archive, collected as commoning effort to save the artwork for posterity, have been archived at Chinese University of Hong Kong. But other artwork remains in personal, private collections, or posted collectively online. Preservation should not depend on DIY efforts but need a collective discussion. Yet in the current political context publicly talking about preserving the artifacts of protest and democratic reform may itself be too risky. The paper addresses some potential ways forward.