Growing up in Yau Tsim Mong District, one of the busiest neighbourhoods in the city, Hong Kong artist Elaine Chiu has witnessed the drastic and continuous transformation of the urban space and environment since her childhood. The transient, fluidic, 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.
In the past three years, 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.
“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
趙綺婷於香港⼟⽣⼟長，於⼆零⼀⼋年獲得香港⼤學⽂學院藝術史系(榮譽)學⼠學位。她曾為悉尼光影節 (2018) 、聯合國地質公園保育項⽬ (2020) 創作藝術項⽬。趙綺婷的作品多次在世界各地展出及獲獎，曾為香港政府、香港經濟貿易辦事處及多個世界知名的品牌作委約創作。趙綺婷的作品亦被收入香港⼤學美術博物館的永久館藏。
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 spirit, architectural structures and memories, that are formed bottom-up in the urban space. This exhibition features Elaine’s latest acrylic paintings, watercolour works on paper and a fresh to her practice sculptural work.
Before Memories Expire
2021.5.6 – 6.6
香港中環皇后⼤道中15號置地廣塲2樓218 – 219號舖
Shops 218-219, 2/F, Landmark Atrium, Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong.
Image courtesy of JPS Art Gallery and the artist