開幕儀式：10月15日（六） 3 - 6 P.M.
時間：上午 10 時至下午 7 時 （二至六）
地點：香港上環永樂街 172-176 號永富商業大廈 6 樓 602 室
Whispers From The South
As modern societies continue to be highly-developed, the breakdown of rigid communities leaves individuals roaming over cities, where a new kind of social group, fluid in nature, has emerged. What the new name “drifter” (piao) implies, is the erasure of personal history and identity, replaced by multiple senses of selves and place identities. The drifters’ hovering bewilderment, isolation and loss of bearing are discharged through seeking short-lived pleasures, as if suspending their desires for sentience, relationships and spiritual life. This kind of suspension becomes a new social order, whilst also a reflection of the “drifters’” psychological state in disarray.
Hong Kong artist Wong Shun Yu has drifted between many cities since a young age. These near nomadic experiences have prompted him to delve into the consciousness of this community, attending to their realities while reflecting on himself. In 2022, the artist visited Shenzhen, where he began an anthropologic-like field study, in the quest of the communal memories and stories of these incomers, as well as their relation with the region.
Wong makes use of dialogues, quick sketches, videographic records etc. to capture the visage of this community, their sentiments and memories. Weaving together pictures and texts, he delineates the psychic landscape of these Shenzhen drifters. The creation is a collection of proses “Collection” where factual and imaginary experiences intertwine. Along with the paintings, the artworks form a multi-media narrative. He chooses to carry out structureless observation and prose-like creative process, to restrain meta-narratives from engulfing the heterogenous inner experiences of individuals, thereby unfolding the complexities of meaning. Reconstructing the interviews, the artist concocts stories of fictional characters Liuliu, Xiaopan and Adong, to present Shenzhen drifters’ encounters and confusions, in their life crammed in shared apartments that have always been temporary. These artworks are displaced from real-life settings, but situated in an imaginary land to express inner thoughts of Shenzhen drifters. It connotes the alienation in man-land relationship and the rootlessness of souls.
Displaying 13 sets of paintings and soft sculptures, together with the prose “Collection” acting as the screenplay, the exhibition makes use of fluid imaginative texts instead of realistic images in presenting a complete story. Through a microscopic view of personalised drifting experiences, Wong wishes to expose a cross-section of the body of drifters in society, and explore the possible resonance among this imagined community.
Whispers from the South is like a somniloquy about stories as tangible as they are imaginary……
OPENING: 8 Oct (Sat) 3 – 6 P.M.
Date: 8 Oct (Sat) – 5 Nov (Sat) Time: 10am – 7pm (TUE – SAT) Venue: 602, 6/F, Winfull Building, 172-176 Wing Lok St. Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
About Wong Shun Yu
Wang Shunyu graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts of Hong Kong Baptist University in 2018 and he is currently studying his master program in the Academy of Experimental Art of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. Wang's creation involves different medium, ranging from traditional ink, video installations, texts to performances, etc. And the theme of his creations also involves traditional folk culture, drama, handicrafts and even pop culture and social phenomena. He likes to use interventional performances to explore and exam the different aspects of social phenomena and diversity of human beings. At the same time, he likes to use obscure and indirect pictures and texts to tell different stories. However, the main concerns that always runs through his creation is the representations of experience space.
Wang’s recent creations focus on family relationships and family history, as well as the identity and perception of space involved. He believes that non-textual oral history can truly reflect and complete the ontology of individuals and regions. At the same time, Wang also pays attention to the neglected, marginalized, and niche aesthetic tastes. His creations often present a state of being mixed and free, giving the audience an overall experience.