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WE Curate: Two words. ‘Air pollution’. How would you convey this?

Blindly celebrating vanity and pleasures is a brusque insult to the art of photography – which has always been an important lens to look at history, changes and civilisation. For ideas and thoughts should be elaborated without words, the organiser of WYNG Masters Awards in Hong Kong uttered only one thing as the theme of the year – AIR. Hence these many translations of it by these aspiring Hong Kong photographers.

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WE Neighbourhood: Within public estates, Hong Kong

Not many have the luck to experience life in Hong Kong’s public estates; what architects would call iconic compact architectures living hundreds of thousands of grassroots, who develop communities in their different way.

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WE Q+A: Akif Hakan Celebi

Any place the Hong Kong-based Turkish photographer sets foot on becomes wonderland, where dreamy colours entwine with whimsical settings. Not Alice, he is Akif Hakan Celebi. Continue reading

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WE Ethical: WAN & WONG

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Forget about hippy looks in hemp or natural organic. The new eco fashion force is set to inspire the awe out of conventional shoppers. It was a couple of months ago when WE first heard of WAN & WONG - the up and coming eco-fashion label in Hong Kong. After two shows the duo,  Kelvin Wan and Joyce Wong, has finally officially unveiled their debut. 

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WE Neighbourhood: Bird Street, Hong Kong

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This street in Hong Kong is the biggest cage to these birds.

They aren’t always chained but they just cannot leave.

Photography by YHO
Published in the Liberty Issue

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WE Curate: Work in Progress – Street Art Exhibition

Work in Progress is an international street art exhibition featuring seven international and seven local artists. A vacant office space in Quarry Bay together with the building’s exterior and loading car park has been transformed with street art.  It is the largest international street art exhibition in Hong Kong to date. Works include brilliant murals, sculptures and mixed media installations, and they will be revealed over the 2-month period at TaiKoo Place.

The exhibition is organised in collaboration with Above Second Gallery, Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation (HKYAF), Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and Swire Properties. There will also be workshops and classes for students, teachers, art and design professionals as well as the community at large to learn more about street art.

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Work in Progress comes as a refreshing change to Hong Kong’s art scene, which one could rightfully argue to be starved of street-art. Our city is definitely on its way to becoming an international art hub, but there is so little of it to be seen outside the gallery nesting along Hollywood Road.

On my way to see the artwork, I couldn’t help but notice the strangeness of the venue. I walked through TaiKoo Place, surrounded by the sound of high heels clanking on the polished marble floor and the sight of smartly dressed office workers – somehow not the environment in which to be expecting street art. I couldn’t help but think, or rather, obsess about whether the choice of location was accidental or intentional for there is so much to be said about the juxtaposition of street art, a form of expression that portrays freedom, and offices, a confined space that may convey restriction.

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The artworks itself were very impressive. Street art is captivating for its incredible detail and for its rawness. Galleries and museums are often restricting – the artwork is treated like it is fragile and viewers are made to tiptoe around masterpieces protected in glass boxes. Street art, on the other hand, has the charm of closeness; one can admire the details up close and then walk away to digest the whole picture.

Having a diverse range of international and local artists collaborate for this exhibition brought about an element of realism to the show. At every turn, one sees something drastically different, new and unexpected, which helped strengthen the ambience of street art. Besides the space, the artworks don’t share much in common in terms of underlying theme or technique.

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I did wonder, is it street art if it is not technically on the street? It’s a seasoned topic of debate, but perhaps not worth arguing over too much in this case. To be fair, the exhibition begins on the car park level so it is street art in its true essence. In any case, I concluded it doesn’t matter whether the murals are indoors or outdoors. What matters most is that this exhibition marks a big step towards broadening the local art scene.

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WE Chronicles: Takashi Murakami & Xavier Veilhan at Galerie Perrotin

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Art Basel may be over but don’t put away that smoldering look you make when analyzing art just yet! Until the 6th July, Galerie Perrotin has opened its doors to presents the 9th solo exhibition of Takashi Murakami , in celebration of 20 years of collaboration, the exhibition will display a set of new paintings featuring Takashi’s infamous alter-ego Mr. Dob. Being one of the most important and upheld contemporary artists of our time, this exhibition is not one to miss!

Taking inspiration from Manga and Japan’s “Kawaii” culture, much of his work centers around the abstract and bizarre characters he envisions. His theory of the Superflat aesthetic, which he introduced in 2000, attempts to blur the lines between popular art and fine art. The absence of perspective, the traditions of two-dimensionality in ancient Japanese art, transcends into every medium in which he creates.

Alongside Murakami is artist, Xavier Veilhan who uses Mobile art to create playfulness in movement. Quoted saying “It is the first time that I exclusively show mobiles in an exhibition. I conceived a great majority of them for the occasion. Without being able to really explain why, I believe that it is the aerial position of the Galerie Perrotin in Hong Kong which inspired this ethereal set. The mobiles imply precision and compliance with the rules of physics but paradoxically live in an infinity of combinations of forms inside this established program. They are the image of the interaction between art and reality. For this exhibition, I conceived a new type of mobile, exploiting the qualities of lightness and rigidity of square-section carbon tubes. The balance of each set is not the only element of the work that seems unnatural, but also the way in which each component is like a graphic pattern converting itself into a three-dimensional shape, integrated into reality, despite the laws of physics.”

Galerie Perrotin Hong Kong
50 Connaught Road Central, 17th Floor
Hong Kong

 

 

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