Law and Aesthetics: The Case of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution
Hong Kong’s Occupy Central, also known as the Umbrella Revolution, was a 2014 sit-in protest sparked by local discontent with changes to the electoral system imposed on the city by Beijing. It has often been analyzed in legal or political terms. What has received less attention from lawyers is the vast and varied artwork produced during the movement. Taking its cue from recent scholarship on law and visuality, this paper will explore the aesthetic dimension of the Umbrella Revolution. It will use visual art as a point of entry for understanding not only the movement itself, but twenty-first century Hong Kong identity more broadly.
About the speaker
Marco Wan is Associate Professor of Law and Honorary Associate Professor of English at the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Masculinity and the Trials of Modern Fiction (Routledge, 2016), and is currently working on a monograph on law and film. He is Managing Editor of Law and Literature.