Starry Kong x RNH Space: 

You Can’t Walk This Earth Forever; Someday You Will Have To Fly  


24 - 29 October 2021, Online Exhibition 線上展覽

Artist Statement

For more than 10 years, I have been suffering from depression. It has caused me to think about life’s meaning. My feelings about death are paradoxical - I dread to think about the demise of people I love, but I feel indifferent and apathetic about my own.

In 2018, my Australian mother, for whom I felt a deep affection, passed away due to brain cancer. This was the first time I witnessed the death of someone I knew, and I experienced a profound depth of grief. I encountered uncertainty about my significance in the larger scheme of the universe. My understanding of such concepts and beliefs about my meaning in life were challenged.

I encountered a sentiment a few days after she passed away — ‘You can’t walk this earth forever; someday you will have to fly’. This is what she used to tell her sons when they were kids. Somehow these words consoled me, and have accompanied me since. Her words inspire me not to be obsessed with the state of living and to accept the mortality as part of life.



她離世後的幾天,我意外地聽到一句話 — 「You can’t walk this earth forever; someday you will have to fly」(你無法永遠行走在這地球上;總有一天你需要飛翔)。這是她在兒子們還小時經常講給他們聽的。不知何故,我在這話語中得到了慰藉;自此之後,它亦一直陪伴著我。這句話鼓舞著我,不要過份執著和沉迷於「生」,應接受死亡亦是生命不可分割的一部分。

About Starry Kong

Starry Kong is a Melbourne-based visual artist who was born in Kunming, China. She obtained an Honours degree in photography from RMIT University, Australia in 2020. Starry is interested in the intangible and inexpressible sentiments that are characteristic to humankind. She explores this phenomenon through her own experiences of loss, grief, alienation and her long-term mental illness, which has become the foundation and origin of her creative practice. Starry uses photography as the primary medium to express her inner feelings and thoughts, while metaphor and symbolisation constitutes her visual art language.

Starry Kong 出⽣於中國昆明,是⼀位⽣活在墨爾本的視覺藝術家。 她獲得澳⼤利亞皇家墨爾本理⼯⼤學攝影榮譽學位。 Starry著迷於⼈類所特有的、無法捉摸也無從表達的情感。 她透過⾃⼰的得失、痛苦、疏離與⻑年精神疾病的經歷來探索這種現象,並奠定了她創作實踐的基礎和根源。Starry以攝影為主要媒介來表達她內⼼的感受和想法,⽽隱喻和象徵則成為了她的視覺藝術語⾔的重要構成。


You Can’t Walk This Earth Forever; Someday You Will Have To Fly  is the second chapter of the series Reality Overdose, which gathers three image-based exhibitions, demonstrating individual experiences of how our self-awareness and understanding of life are confined by the realities which we are born into, and how we can use such realities as vessels for authentic self-expression.

Reality Overdose, curated by Yang Jiang, is part of Satellite Exhibitions by Hong Kong International Photo Festival 2021.



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