Fab 5 Freddy Takes on Bruce Lee in Hong Kong
Artist Fred Brathwaite, better known as Fab 5 Freddy will attend the opening for his project called “Kung Fu Wild Style” on October 20 in Hong Kong. A collaborative effort with Hong Kong native Chan Kwong-Yan, better known as MC Yan, the show will consist of 10 paintings of iconic scenes from Bruce Lee films. Lee’s kung fu films of the 1970’s began the martial arts craze and set in motion the exchange of culture between hip hop and kung fu. As a fan of Lee’s films that were being released just as graffiti culture was defining itself, the teenage Freddy first watched the action hero’s films in Times Square and found an influence that would stay with him for decades to come.
Today Fab 5 Freddy is an accomplished artist and is combining two early influences in his life, graffiti and kung fu, to bring his art to Lee’s hometown of Hong Kong. Following a screening of “Wild Style” on October 19 at Hidden Agenda in the Kwun Tong industrial area, Kung Fu Wild Style will be on view from October 20- 27 at Pop-Up Space in the city’s Sheung Wan district.
Sources: Wall Street Journal Hong Kong Hustle Kung Fu Wild Style