‘I examine daily life through daily life itself.’
B. 1961 Hong Kong. Lives and works in Hong Kong.
Born in Hong Kong in 1961, Leung Mee Ping studied in Paris at l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts between 1987 and 1991, and as an exchange student in Barcelona in 1992, later graduating with an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2000. Returning to Hong Kong, Leung completed a doctoral dissertation in Cultural Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; she is now an Associate Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University. For Expected Departure (2004–16) Leung Mee Ping collected travel sickness bags from trains, planes and ships. These have been X-rayed, and the X-rays are presented on lightboxes, becoming a grid of glowing, ghostly shapes. Leung points out that vomit bags are repositories for sickness, and X-rays reveal illnesses that may be hidden. She asks the question: can all sickness be seen? Feeling adrift between home and away, travelling back and forth, Leung Mee Ping was thinking about the notion of belonging, and about the ache of longing for the known felt by immigrants, a homesickness that is sometimes experienced as a physical ailment even though it may not be visible.