全球疫情為社會、政治和經濟帶來巨大轉變，面對持續的不安，也許疫情後的生活漸漸變得難以想像。線上文化雜誌 Zolima CityMag推出以《After_》為名的本地藝術導師計劃，並結合藝術展覽的形式，旨在為本地青年藝術家提供展示空間去重新構想後疫情時代的生活願景。展覽在香港灣仔艺鹄畫廊空間舉行，強調在瞬息萬變的時代，打造藝術計劃對於支持本地藝文生態的重要性。
When we consider how the world has been in pandemic mode for more than a year, perhaps life after COVID becomes unimaginable. To provide local young artists with room to envision post-pandemic life, acclaimed online journal Zolima CityMag has launched the Community-Led Mentorship programme “After_”, which is set to culminate in a thought-provoking gallery-based exhibition at Art and Culture Outreach (A.C.O) in support of the arts during these ever-changing times.
Disconnected Dialogues, by Mandy Lee Nip-man
Liminality, by Tiffany Lau Yin-yu
Zolima CityMag has taken its unique and dedicated approach to Hong Kong culture and creativity to new frontiers with the upcoming programme entitled After_. After_ invites the city’s youth to reflect on the social, economic and cultural consequences of Covid-19, prompting them to document how their way of life has changed through a mentorship initiative . Considering the opportunities to redesign how we live in a post-pandemic society after the fundamental social, political, economic and cultural shifts of Covid-19, Zolima CityMag founder and editor-in-chief Nicole Andrianjaka de Surville says, “After_ creates a poignant space for Hong Kong youth to re-examine visions for life ‘after.’”
In the Right Frame of Mind, by Cherie Chun
Zolima CityMag雜誌創辦人及主編Nicole Andrianjaka de Surville表示：「Design Trust作為設計、討論和創意分享的平台給予我們慷慨的支持，讓導師計劃得以實現。該計劃面向本地26歲以下的青年藝術家、作家和創意人才，邀請他們在資深的藝術從業者的指導下重新構想城市生活。」她強調：「本地青年藝術家及作家能夠接受藝術專業人士指導的機會並不多，同时亦缺乏資金支持創作。作為一項開創性的本地社區項目，計劃致力為藝術家創作力的提升打造機會。」
“With the support of Design Trust, as a design, debate and creative sharing platform, their grant has enabled us to create a mentorship programme for young artists, writers and creatives under the age of 26 in Hong Kong, inviting them to reimagine life in the city; guided by a highly-experienced mentor who is a recognised expert in their respective fields,” said Andrianjaka de Surville. Emphasising that young artists and writers in Hong Kong rarely enjoy the opportunity to be mentored by elite professionals, lesser still get comprehensive funding for their work, she outlines the programme’s overarching mission for creative advancement in the spirit of a ground-breaking community project.
Inviting submissions in an open call in July 2020, over 70 entries of written literary and poetic, photographic, and videographic works were narrowed down to a final selection identifying 11 winning applications. With each of the programme’s alumnae imagining a creative work in response to the turbulence of a pandemic, After_ invited each individual to explore their interpretation of how to redesign urban life as we know it.
Hidden in Plain Sight, by Rose Cheung Chi-yu and Isabel Cheung Chi-kwan
The works provoke dialogues about everything from how post-pandemic attitudes and social interactions might be reshaped; to how we inhabit our individual spaces in the face of social distancing. They also delve into the need for more expansive outdoor recreational spaces; street furniture that reinforces our new requirements for fostering physical apartness; all prompting visions of the city as a canvas for multiple new possibilities and interpretations.
這也許揭示了一種新的生活方式 – 一種以人類體驗為中心的生活方式。鮑藹倫表示：「我們看到一種新的生活方式，不過那可能是往反方向的。新的恆常也許是一個反烏托邦。」
It could be the promise of a new way of living – a conscious reinterpretation of how we place the human experience at the centre of everything from now on. According to Ellen Pau, “we do indeed see a new way of living but it could also be in an opposite direction. The new normal could be a dystopia”.
http://c0vid-n0t-g0v-hk.com/, by Ning-Ning Nicole Martin Nepomuceno
《After_》計劃的導師和審核委員會成員由來自香港創意界各個領域備受認可的藝術專業人才凝聚而成。為入圍的青年藝術家在藝術、攝影、文學及詩歌方面提供專業指導的導師包括：藝術家、策展人、藝術研究員兼錄映太奇（Videotage）聯合創辦人鮑藹倫、知名自由攝影師 May James、Zolima CityMag總編輯、出版作者及香港城市生活及文化記者Christopher DeWolf、學者、編輯、詩人兼香港浸會大學英國語言文學系副教授何麗明以及詩歌學者兼香港浸會大學英國語言文學系副教授Jason S. Polley。
The After_ panel of mentors and vetting committee members hail from all corners of Hong Kong’s creative scene under the guidance of Zolima CityMag’s founder and editor in chief, Nicole Andrianjaka de Surville. Mentoring the winning young creatives in their respective fields of art, photography, literature, and poetry in Hong Kong are: artist, curator and researcher and co-founder of pioneering media arts collective Videotage, Ellen Pau; acclaimed freelance photojournalist, May James; Zolima CityMag managing editor, published author and journalist on Hong Kong urban life and culture, Christopher DeWolf; scholar, editor, poet, and Associate Professor of literature at Hong Kong Baptist University, Tammy Lai-Ming Lo; and poetry scholar and associate professor of English at Hong Kong Baptist University, Jason S. Polley.
Additional expert vetting committee members include interdisciplinary artist, designer and Assistant Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kingsley Ng. Co-founder of Videotage and founder of A.C.O, a not-for-profit cultural organisation that provides artists with studio space, a gallery and bookstore for the creative community in Wan Chai’s Foo Tak Building, May Fung.
《After_》計劃和公開展覽是基於藝術為未來帶來希望和遠見的信念而誕生，亦是Zolima CityMag致力於為本地千禧一代和Z世代創意群體和新興人才提供文化平台的承諾的標誌。 DeWolf表示：「 Zolima CityMag一直以來鼓勵和支持以多元的視角來理解香港的新興人才，我們很高興能與新一代富有創造力的年輕人一起工作。」
Born out of a belief that art offers hope and a vision for the future, this extensive programme and public exhibition are the hallmark of Zolima CityMag’s commitment to providing a cultural platform for emerging talent from the city’s millennial and Gen Z creative community. “Zolima has always embraced new talent with a different way of looking at Hong Kong, so we’re excited to work with a new generation of creative young people,” says DeWolf.
Timeless, by Arhan Chhabra
攝影：Mandy Lee、Tiffany Lau
錄像：Arhan Chhabra、 Nicole Nepomuceno、 Kelly Chu & Echo Hui、Shirley Au
散文： Karina La’O、Rose Cheung & Isabel Cheung、Harmony Yuen
詩歌：Cherie Chun、Neryhs Wo
Photos: Mandy Lee, Tiffany Lau
Video: Arhan Chhabra, Nicole Nepomuceno, Kelly Chu & Echo Hui, Shirley Au
Prose: Karina La’O, Rose Cheung & Isabel Cheung, Harmony Yuen
Poetry: Cherie Chun, Neryhs Wo
Date: 2021.1.22 – 2.10
*Time: Tuesday to Sunday, 13:00 – 19:00
ACO Art Space, Foo Tak Building, 365-367 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
*為確保到訪者的健康和安全，展覽的開放時間和觀眾配額將按照香港特別行政區政府康樂及文化事務署對公共文化場所的最新規定。展覽最新信息將於Zolima CityMag網站和社交媒體平台上更新。For the health and safety of visitors, the opening and visitor quotas of the Exhibition will follow the latest arrangements of public cultural venues managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government. The latest information will be updated on Zolima CityMag website and social media channels.
Courtesy of the artists and Zolima CityMag