Thank You Card
50 A5 paper cards for writing stories about strangers
The audience enthusiastically participated in the card writing:
2022 / Exhibition: Repetition and Encounte
Lingnan University (LU) MACAH VIS511 Curatorial Project
Curated by Chan Tsz Kwan, Li Sin Tung Sharyn, Li Wing Huen Vicky, Li Zixiao Vicky
Public Programme Produced by Wang Meiting
Artists: Elva Lai, June Wong, Kwing Wing Poon, Marcos Vidal Font, Mediha Ting, Wai Kit Lam
Date: 13-21 August 2022
Venue: Unit Gallery, L5-23, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC), Shek Kip Mei, Hong Kong
Opening Ceremony: 3pm, 13 August 2022
Elva Lai: Thank You Card
Five Card Designs:
Impressive stories of encountering strangers are repeating in a different way.
The true value of encounters comes from memories and expression of personal feelings, so it's time to construct our own journey of difference within repetition and encounter.
The power of re-creation of arts expands exponentially with the involvement of strangers - no matter he or she is the bus driver, the security guard or the store clerk you occasionally meet and can't say their names, the unique story enables others to encounter and spark new thoughts and feelings, and further inspire and create multiple forms of encounters through public participation.
Lai designed these cards in five styles - with different characters which she finds precious in the times of adversity during the pandemic, prompting us to remember deep in our heart. The curatorial team and the artist collaborated to design a home-like setting and encourage individual accomplishments of reflecting on one's important memories. You may recall your own cognitive thoughts and emotions at a relaxing mood and share your unique stories to practise repetition with differences in their own life.
----- Text by the curatorial team of Re.count.
We are pleased to present the exhibition “Re · Count” (Repetition and Encounter) co-curated by five students of Master of Arts in Curating and Art History. In a wide range of art mediums such as paintings, video images and installations, the exhibition will represent artworks of 4 Hong Kong artists Elva Lai, June Wong, Kwing Wing Poon (Water), Mediha Ting, and the artist group of Marcos Vidal Font and Wai Kit Lam. They are envisioned to transform arts into an interactive medium to present daily encounters, so as to provide visitors a mental stimulation for the re-discovery of an infinite, new oneself from their daily routines.
Social media and online chat tools are at the cutting edge to transform humans’ way of communications in hustle-and-bustle. Regardless of the minimal social connections for a living, people are limiting their social circles into a virtual space where they can hardly identify the reality. As time passes, they may feel isolated and uncomfortable to return back to face-to-face communications, and become less willing to open up their inner selves for any emotional expression. This eventually hampers their capability of recognising the true inner selves.
Two philosophers – Catherine Pickstock and Gilles Deleuze coincidentally proposed that the minimal differences created in each of the regular and repetitive encounter in daily lives can trigger sensory excitement, which are essential to prompt individuals to recognise oneself, each other and things in the world again, and to be freed from the unconscious illusion from the virtual world.
The exhibition is titled as “Re-count” - the abbreviation of the exhibition theme – repetition and encounter. The artists aimed to investigate their hidden memories and thoughts triggered from the minimal differences between each experience of an encounter, hoping to retrieve visitors’ true value in both the physical and virtual world. They are first encouraged to reconstruct their understanding towards their own self, followed by the relationship between oneself and the surroundings: Mediha Ting made multiple attempts to explore her true cultural identity based on her vague memories of upbringing and living across regions. By repeatedly painting the neighbouring city or natural landscape, June Wong and Kwing Wing Poon (Water) desired to construct a space of tranquility for inner encounters with their own peaceful minds. In two specially designed zones, Marcos Vidal Font and Wai Kit Lam re-created a specific setting with video images to compare people’s diverse understandings towards unconsciousness and question the trustworthiness in human relationships, while Elva Lai was passionate about the value of re-created arts and encountering strangers, and initiated to invite visitors to share their experiences to encounter strangers so as to prompt their personal reflection on encounters.
In a joint effort with the six artists, this is an opportunity to recount and revisit each of your own encounters. Here, you are invited to recall your past memories of encountering and recognise the true value and beauty amid the hustling world.
----- Text by the curatorial team of Re.count.
Elva Lai believes each sensory experience between strangers cultivates “difference in itself” and emphasises the diversity of personal expression. Instead of art appreciation, Lai proposes the true meaning of art comes from a re-creation of art, especially when the creation of art mobilises the audience and explores one’s deep memories. In this exhibition, Lai is inviting visitors to share their comments about encountering, thus leaving a strong impression on one’s day-to-day experience.
June Wong is a Hong Kong visual artist who loves to explore city life through moving images and drawing. Ranging from news images to chats from neighbours, all tiny elements from daily life become the essence of her works. In this exhibition, Wong is presenting her latest depiction of windows as intangible encounters with her inner calmness when contemporary urban life has been filled with various complicated feelings.
Kwing Wing Poon
Strongly in love with nature, Kwing Wing Poon is a well-known artist, photographer and film director with all-rounded talents. To focus on his efforts in painting, he has been emotionally attached to the tranquility and simplicity depicted in Chinese water colour paintings, and has a strong belief to share peacefulness by presenting the natural scenery of mountains and blue titled sea waters in Guilin in this exhibition.
Marcos Vidal Font
Living in Spain, Marcos Vidal Font has a rich international portfolio in organising solo exhibitions in overseas galleries and participating in international art events. He graduated from the San Carlos Faculty of Fine Arts at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, in 1991 with a graphic art speciality. He was an artist-in-residence under the V54 Residence Po Leung Kok Foundation in Hong Kong. Vidal Font loves to experiment with furniture pieces for a critical dialogue by incorporating objects from different origins into a fusion of imaginary space.
Born in Belgium, and grew up in Hong Kong, Mediha Ting is inspired by the representation of consciousness of repressed memories and the passing of time through the use of fluorescent colors. She graduated from University of the Arts London (former Byam Shaw School of Arts) in 2000. She later earned a Master's Degree in Art Policy and Management at Birkbeck College in London. After 20 years of living and working in the UK, she moved back to Hong Kong in 2012.
Wai Kit Lam
Wai Kit Lam graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2003 and a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London, the United Kingdom, in 1996. She mainly uses photography, video art, sound and installation as her medium of artistic creation. Lam loves to challenge conventional ideas and rethink humans' diverse representation of relationships and identities. In her exhibit, she emphasises the co-existence of vulnerability and intimacy between humans through a combination of moving images, videos and installations.
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Marcos Vidal Font
Marcos Vidal Font 現居於西班牙，曾多次與海外畫廊合作舉辦個人作品展和參與國際藝術活動。他於1991年畢業於西班牙瓦倫西亞理工大學聖卡洛斯學院，主修平面藝術，並曾為香港保良局V54年青藝術家駐留計劃的藝術家。他喜歡透過組合多個毫無關聯的物件以整合出一個虛擬空間，以傢俱試驗出人與周遭環境的對話。