steve hawley


artists’ film and video

1998 Ghost  6 min

Commissioned by Videotage for the Hong Kong Microwave Video festival. 1999 Rencontres Video Art Plastique Caen Nov 99 Homeport Rotterdam 2001

Director's Fortnight,Cannes Film Festival 2000.

Gweilo, or ghost, is the Cantonese term of abuse for the paler skinned westerners who appeared to the Chinese of the Middle Kingdom to be like ghosts. I made this film in Hong Kong overlooking the old Kai Tak airport, just after the handover from the UK. The collisions of scale were vast, and I felt like a ghost myself in Hong Kong, a place where even History itself was put in a museum.

Performer Grace Ng

Videotage/Microwave Video Festival

Ghost 1998