Singaporean artist Lee Wen was found unconscious in a Hong Kong university bathroom with cuts and bruises on his face Saturday evening, after he’d allegedly been attacked and blacked-out there.
Lee was kept at the hospital overnight and discharged yesterday, according to SCMP. Police said that he couldn’t recall slipping and was convinced that he had been attacked.
The Straits Times reports:
Speculation has been rife on Facebook that the artist was attacked after he expressed concern at an arts forum here about Tiananmen soldier-turned-artist Chen Guang. Chen was arrested by Beijing this month after he privately staged a work of performance art to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen incident.
The 56-year-old was in the city for the Art Basel event and was found in the bathroom with blood covering his face after h’d been left unconscious on the floor for half an hour, according to his friend and fellow artist Chan San-mu.
“He was attacked before he had a chance to see what [the perpetrator] looked like,” Chan was quoted as saying.
Two weeks ago, nine gay rights activists were detained in Beijing ahead of a seminar discussing LGBT rights in an unprecedented security sweep that organizers likewise said was linked to the upcoming June 4 Tiananamen anniversary, although it’s hard to say if there was actually any correlation.
Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong, vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, said to the Post that “it would be hard to draw any conclusion based on the incomprehensive reports”, but that the alliance would offer help if needed.
When reached for comment, City University declined.
[Image credit: Helina Chan via Straits Times]