Shed - Joint Exhibition of NG Ka-chun & WONG Chun-keung
拾遺 – 吳家俊、黃振強作品聯展
2012.04.20 - 2012.06.20

Exhibition Images

Artists NG Ka-chun & WONG Chun-keung, Photo taken by the artists, Fotan, Hong Kong.


Artists: NG Ka-chun, WONG Chun-keung

Exhibition Preface:

Every city possesses its own characteristics and every social district has its own memories. We live in cities and become familiarized with things that fall into our vision. The streets that we pass by each day, every brick walls that we see, the unnoticed marks on escalators, the pressed mortar on the ground – these are all trivial matters to many of us. However, it is through these fragments that we compose the space and city memories that we are conscious of.

Faced with the subject of redeveloping cities and privatizing public spaces, people become distant to their living environments. Whether it is the memories of the surroundings or the usages of public spaces, they are fast becoming forgotten and we have gradually lost the ownership of the way that these spaces are used. To a lot of people, they are only some passages that we pass by daily. They are some kind of ‘public’ spaces between places that we reside and places that we work. It is difficult for people to share a common spirit and find some interactive communications within. The changes that go on in modern cities do not come from the wisdom and attachments that people have accumulated in these places across generations. Instead, the changes are generated from some vague imaginations of ‘modernity’ and ‘civilization’.

In the development of cities, people are extremely enthusiastic about rebuilding and regenerating spaces to construct a utopia that signifies modern civilization. The same type of concrete construction and landmarked shops are being continuously craned into place. But while these constructions are occurring, we are also erasing the history and living evidences of people in these spaces at the same instance. Only if we could retain these traces, people would then be able to feel their attachments with the city and segregations with the public. Just as MA Kwok-ming, a social commentator, says in his writing: ‘The surface of every city is continuously changing and Hong Kong is not an exception. It changes urgently and even faster than ever. However, the changing surface does not signify any improvement, in fact it means erasing the past. Every city is unique because its history is unique.’

We have invited two young Hong Kong artists, NG Ka-chun and WONG Chun-keung, to take part in our exhibition. They find elements in living spaces to create their works through the form of installation, sculpture and photography, with an aim to re-present the impressions and experiences within living and city spaces. They travel between the industrial spaces where they live and create their work, in order to discover and re-create all kinds of memories that spring from our daily lives. Through their works, we hope to inspire the public their imaginations of the experiences that they have within the city and living spaces.




在城市不斷的重建以及公共空間私有化的前題下,人們對生活的環境越感疏離, 無論是對環境的記憶,或是對公共空間的使用,我們都漸趨遺忘,及漸失使用的自主。對大多數人而言,它只是一個日常的過路通道,是居住與工作點之間的「公共」空間,人們在其中難以尋覓城市公眾的精神及互相的交流。現代城市的轉變,並非來自幾代人在故土凝聚的理智與情感,而是對「現代」與「文明發展」的空想建設。