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Deja Duisparu: Ho Siu-Kee, Ellen Pau, Sara Wong & Vincent Yu

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Opening / Event Date:
25 July, 2013
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Closing / End Date:
4 September, 2013
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Hong Kong – Pearl Lam Galleries will present a group exhibition of historical artworks by: Ho Siu-Kee; Ellen Pau; Sara Wong; and Vincent Yu, opening to the public on 26 July 2013. The exhibition title Déjà Disparu takes reference from Hong Kong: Culture and the Politics of Disappearance, a seminal book on the cultural production of the 1990’s written by the renowned cultural theorist Ackbar Abbas. Curated by David Chan, the exhibition investigates our numbness towards the rapid physical changes of our urban space, and explores our collective consciousness of locality and time.

Déjà Disparu is defined by Abbas as: “the feeling that what is new and unique about the situation is always already gone, and we are left holding a handful of clichés, or a cluster of memories of what has never been. It is as if the speed of a current event is producing a radical desynchronization: the generation of more and more images to the point of saturation going together with a general regression of viewing, an inability to read what is given to view, the state of reverse hallucination.”

Déjà Disparu focuses on selected artists who emerged from the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Many of them do not define themselves as professional artists, nor did they receive much institutional support during the 1990’s. The exhibition simulates this overloaded experience through different media of photography, sculpture, and video installation. These artworks express collectively an in between state of imagination and regression that is metaphorical of a desire to escape versus being contained and where objects become flattened and dematerialized.


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