Before Memories Expire - Opening Reception
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About the Event
“How do we, as humans, individuals, and members of a community, embrace the destruction and recreation of our socio-economic cityscape, collective memories and interwoven identities?” -- Elaine Chiu
Growing up in Yau Tsim Mong District, one of the busiest neighbourhoods in the city, Hong Kong artist Elaine has been witnessing the drastic and continuous transformation of the urban space and environment since her childhood. The transient, fluidic, and intersecting memories and impressions about Hong Kong have been deep-rooted in her consciousness and self-identity.
With the effect of the amendment of the Building Ordinance in 2011, thousands of sign boards, hand-written or neon-lighted, have since been removed all around the city. Elaine initiated an on-site sketching campaign to record the fleeting cityscape with her paintbrush in the past three years. Street-sketching prompts her to contemplate the disappearance of numerous heritage buildings and tenement houses in the local community under rapid urban renewal.
Titled Before Memories Expire, this exhibition is a continuation of Elaine’s previous on-site sketching and community art project. Centring her research around endangered buildings, architecture, cityscape, and memories of Hong Kong, her work explores different organic carriers, and their relationship with time and people, including community culture, architectural structures and memories, that are formed bottom-up in the urban space. This exhibition features Elaine’s latest acrylic, watercolour paintings and a sculptural work.
This solo art exhibition will be on view from 6th May to 6th June, 2021 in JPS Art Gallery. The opening reception will be on 6th May, 2021, 5-8pm.
Exhibition Title: Before Memories Expire
Exhibition venue: JPS Art Gallery, Shops 218-219, 2/F, Landmark Atrium, Queen's Road Central, Central Hong Kong.
Exhibition dates: 6th May - 6th June, 2021
Opening reception: 6th May, 2021, from 5-8pm.