Hero refers to people who are outstanding or made a great contribution to the people. However, the “He” in the word seems to represent being hero is the privilege of male. Meanwhile, the Oxford English Dictionary has created a new word “Ze” to represent non-binary gender identities, making Hero a Zero. Ben Brown Fine Arts is presenting the “Ze/Ro” exhibition at the Hong Kong gallery from July to August, illustrates how women empower themselves and embody their value in society by means of their minds and bodies.
The exhibition is divided into five sections and features the works of five Hong Kong-based artists, such as Au Hoi Lam, Chan Ka Kiu, Christy Chow, Jaffa Lam and Jess Lau.
The first thing we see in the exhibition is the four pieces of Chan Ka Kiu’s artworks from her “A List of Things to bring to paradise” collection. Audiences can even reach into Pamper Day’s box and use cleaning supplies, implying that everyone needs to be deeply cleaned once in a while, even in heaven as well. There are colored spotlights set up next to the pieces, adding the dreamlike sense of paradise to the exhibition.
踏入展區中央，林嵐的Tree in Travel一下子就進入眼簾，作品的身高、重量都與作者相同，即使很遺憾地她無法親自來到現場，這件作品令她似親臨了展覽般，展現了強大的存在感。
As we enter the center of the exhibition, the Tree in Travel by Jaffa Lam would come into your sight immediately. The height and weight of the work are the same as Jaffa. Even though it is a pity that she could not come in person, the work makes it feel like as she was in the scene, showing great presence in the exhibition.
In addition, the most impressive work was the Flood brought by Christy Chow. We can see that a large amount of liquid from a female’s body be washed into the ocean in the painting. The liquid might be during breast milk, menstruation or amniotic fluid. In today’s society, women still avoid discussing such liquids and even feel ashamed about having them. In contrast, the expression of the woman in the painting is very relaxed, meaning that all women should not feel shy or afraid of their bodies, but should feel confident instead.
In addition, the works of Au Hoi Lam and Jess Lau also show the autonomy, fear, romance and tension of women at different stages and in different roles. This exhibition may bring new insights to the audience on the issue of de-genderization.
Time: Tuesday to Saturday 11:00-19:00
黃竹坑業發街1號The Factory 202室
202, The Factory, 1 Yip Fat St, Wong Chuk Hang
圖片由Ben Brown Fine Arts提供
Courtesy of Ben Brown Fine Arts and the artists