Photography & Sculpture Showcase @ Jockey Club Atrium – Poetic Estrangement

Hong Kong Art School Showcase Series @ Jockey Club Atrium

This series consisted of two showcases, which were curated by Subject Coordinators / Lecturers of Hong Kong Art School with specialization correspondingly in the following four major disciplines: Ceramics, Painting, Photography and Sculpture.

The Jockey Club Atrium might be a challenging space for showcasing artworks, however it was exactly this challenge that ignites the interest of the curators. Alumni and students of Hong Kong Art School were invited to make use of this space with their creative thoughts and touches, turning it into a showcasing area full of experimental and inspiring discoveries.

Photography &  Sculpture Showcase @ Jockey Club Atrium — Poetic Estrangement

Curatorial StatementMaking Strange and Poetic Expression

The artworks by PAK Sui Chi, LIT Wing Hung and WONG Ka Yi Edith called to mind Russian theorist Viktor SHKLOVSKY’s 1917 essay “Art as Device”: in his argument against the theory ‘Art is thinking in images’, SHKLOVSKY put forward the idea of ‘making strange’ in art. He believed that people had in their daily life got used to things and stopped to experience them, and art was a means to liberate the people from this automaticization and made things real again.

The ‘making strange’ that SHKLOVSKY proposed asks art to restore the actual sensation of ‘seeing’, and not merely ‘recognizing’ things. In order to achieve estrangement, artists often used methods of poetic expressions rather than direct descriptions. We could find examples in this exhibition: PAK Sui Chi used blue-and-white porcelain to remake and hence spreading out the wrapping papers of canned food, LIT Wing Hung’s still-lifes were creations from soft reflective materials that imitate stainless steel objects, and through moulding and combinations, WONG Ka Yi Edith transformed her collection of urban wastes into sculptural collages.

Poetic Estrangement

Exhibition Period : 6 May – 29 June 2022
Opening Hours : 8:00am – 11:00pm (Mon – Sun)
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Venue : Jockey Club Atrium, G/F – 4/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre (2 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong)
Participating Artists : LIT Wing Hung | PAK Sui Chi | WONG Ka Yi Edith
Curated by : Jaffa LAM | Edwin K. LAI

Artist Sharing (through Zoom)

Date : 14 May 2022 (SAT)
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Language : Cantonese
Moderator : Jaffa LAM