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Hong Kong Removes a Digital Artwork Labeled as "Political Art"

The digital artwork displayed in a department store in Hong Kong called No Rioters, by a Los Angeles-based artist by Patrick Amadon was removed for hinting at political content. The large digital billboard featured black and red glitchy scenes with quick flashes-too quick to notice- of names of political protestors. The artist, Amadon, directly states that this was a form of political artwork thought that "there was going to be a weak censorship" and that "he might be able to sneak something up there". In the artwork included a "Free Hong Kong" tag and "No Rioters Under Tyranny". Amadon states that he knew he would get caught.

This was an extremely brave act done by Amadon and the risks that he faced against the government. Knowing the risks and the dangers of Hong Kong 2 years ago due to one of my friends living there before, it was an extremely dangerous move, even considering that Hong Kong is "free" now. The number of protests on the streets and the restriction on students during the time of the protests made this artwork extremely dangerous, even if the political criticism was barely noticeable. I recall my friend saying that she was terrified to leave her house even to print items and that schools were shut down for 2 weeks as the protests were going on. Hundreds of social media posts were addressing the issue in Hong Kong, and Amadon was brave enough to display a piece of social artwork on a large bulletin board. Amadon is now restricted from traveling to Hong Kong because he had broken a law.

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