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Traveler’s Notes: San Antonio (2013.5.28 – 2013.7.12)

The Current is pleased to partner with Artpace to present a weekly series of work by International Artist-in-Resident Pak Sheung Chuen. Read more about the Hong Kong-based artist in this interview with Ben Judson. We have reproduced Pak's text below.
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Holy Dust Worship Club

A group of devout followers of God has founded the Holy Dust Worship Club in the community. With a strong and lucid mission, they visited each and every follower's family, and gently collected the dust on holy figures with a cloth. The cloth is hung on top of an immaculate altar in a chapel, and worshipped as a sacred object of veneration. (Contact Holy Dust Worship Club at holydustworship@gmail.com and schedule a visit to your home.)

Holy Back Worship Club

An old lady follower inhabiting a rural region in South America received a mission from the Lord in a prayer. God has bestowed on her the vision to convert from worshipping the face and the vanity of holy figures. In response to God's summons, she turned the Virgin Mary figure at her home the other way ’round, and worshipped Mary's back wholeheartedly in spirit and truth. Her confidence has prompted the cathedral there to reverse the holy figure, and inaugurated a whole new movement worshipping the holy's back. The movement has converted all walks of life around the world. Thousands of photos documenting the worship of the holy's back were sent to the club's website as a testimony of their faith. (Join us. Worship the Holy's Back. Send your photo to holybackworship@gmail.com and testify your faith.)

Pak Sheung Chuen

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Believers and Sacred Objects

During the Mass, a bright light suddenly flashed in the crowd. Mr. Ng captured an image of the Pope’s face in his camera while he was reciting prayers. He felt guilty for disturbing the solemn worshippers. He wasn’t stopping repenting to God, but he couldn’t cover the great excitement in his heart. A sly smile appeared on his face. When Mr. Ng returned to his country, he quickly went to the hidden basement of his church. He developed the image of the Pope into an extremely large photograph. He knelt and prayed intensely and deeply to God, and then he pulled out a knife from his pocket and cut out the two deep dark eyes of the Pope. Two bright spots of light appeared clearly through the darkness of the pupils. They seemed to shimmer. He enlarged the light again. He laid the photograph in a gold frame and placed it in the center of the altar. He knelt in front of the altar to worship the light every morning, afternoon, and night. Each time, he touched the right corner of the altar with his right hand, focusing his eyes on the light to meditate and pray. He repeated this ritual everyday and every year. When the time of the annual Midnight Mass arrived, Mr. Ng held up the photograph of two spots of light in front of the entire congregation and said a blessing. Then, he used a knife to cut out the two white spots from it. In the darkness, he held up these two pieces of light with his two hands. He lit them into real fire until they burnt out completely. Fire with light and warmth was burning in the eyes of every believer. Every year, Mr. Ng replaces the photograph with a new one. Light and hope begin and spread from here.

The two spots of light were captured from a photo of the Pope Benedict XVI.