One of Two Stories, or Both

Samson Young

Fri 30 June, 2017

Sun 16 July, 2017

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Fresh from representing Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale, brilliant young artist Samson Young premiered a major new work at MIF17. Inspired by mythic tales of 17th-century Chinese travellers making their way to Europe on foot, this multilayered piece asks: how are journeys remembered and retold? What of the aching feet that carry the bodies, the bumpy ride, the incidental mountains? How do stories lend meanings to places left behind?

One of Two Stories, or Both (Field Bagatelles) began with an MIF first: a five-part radio series, performed by a cast of actors, artists and musicians. Broadcast live from Low Four in Old Granada Studios, this tapestry of sound, oral histories, songs and poetry could be heard throughout Manchester on Unity Radio 92.8 FM and online at

Following the radio series, a multichannel sound and visual installation at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art brought another intriguing perspective to these stories, while also marking the 20th anniversary of the UK’s handover of Hong Kong to China.

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Edouard Malingue Gallery, University of Salford Art Collection and West Kowloon Cultural District. Supported by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London as part of its programme of events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.



Image credits: Constantin Brosteanu

Samson Young exists in a moment when concept and reality touch


Samson Young Artist

Vee Leong Text

Simon Bray Photography

Wilson Siu Hin Chau Horn

Jimmy Leung Videography

Radio composition produced collaboratively by Lee Aston, Jamie Birkett, Simon Bray, Alex Chang, David Crellin, Beth Fullert-Tee, Jenny Gregson, Carla Henry, Karen Lauke, Vee Leong, Stephen Murphy, Ria Nolan, Dan Parrott, Alex Robinson, Delia Stevens, Polly Thomas, David Tse, Eloise Whitmore, Emily Wilson, Gabby Wong, Nicholas Wong, Unity Radio 92.8 FM


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