“Threads of Sisterhood” showcases newly created works by local artist Kurt Tong. Combining new and found photographs, as well as several mixed media pieces, which including two textile based work produced in collaboration with textile design artist Lai Garling, the exhibition retraces the life of Tong’s Majie (nanny) Mak Ngan Yuk and how he reconstitutes his own identity through creation over the years. The exhibition pays tribute to Mak’s hard working, selfless and independent lifestyle. At the same time, it also showcases the outcome of Tong’s exploration of his family origin and history through creation.
Exhibition period：14.10 – 27.11.2016
Opening reception：14.10.2016 (Fri) 6-8pm
Artist’s talk：5.11.2016 (Sat) 3:00-4:30pm
“Old Photo New Imag(in)e” Artist’s workshop：5.11.2016 (Sat) 5:00-6:30pm (Details will be announced later)
About the Artist
Kurt Tong, born in Hong Kong in 1977. He was originally trained as a health visitor at the University of Liverpool. He has worked and traveled extensively across Europe, the Americas and Asia. In 1999, Kurt co-founded Prema Vasam, a charitable home for disabled and disadvantaged children in Chennai, South India.
Kurt became a full-time photographer in 2003. He was the winner of the Luis Valtuena International Humanitarian Photography Award with his first picture story documenting the treatment of disabled children in India. He worked for many other NGOs and covered stories from Female Infanticide to ballroom dancers.
He gained his Masters in documentary photography at the London College of Communications in 2006 and began working on much more personal projects. He has since been chosen as the winner of Photograph.Book.Now competition, the Hey, Hot Shot! competition and the Jerwood Photography Award for his project People’s Park, a wistful exploration of the now deserted Communist era public spaces. “In Case it Rains in Heaven’ exploring the practice of Chinese funeral offerings, has been widely exhibited including a solo exhibition at Compton Verney and features in several public collections. A monograph of the work was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2011.
His more recent work, ‘The Queen, The Chairman and I’, a multilayered narrative picture book dealing with the story of Hong Kong of the last 100 years and the Asian Diaspora through the lives of his own family is presented as a Chinese teahouse. The project has been exhibited across 5 continents, most recently at the Victoria Museum in Liverpool, UK and Galleri Image in Denmark and Visual Art Center at the Chinese Cultural Foundation of San Francisco. The installation will travel Impressions Gallery in Bradford in 2016 and continue to tour different venues across the UK.
Much of Kurt’s recent work, while remaining photographic in essence, has moved towards installation and sculptural based, pushing the boundaries of the medium. Echoed Visions, a series of installation question the medium of photography, made its debut at the Identity Art Gallery, Hong Kong in February 2014.
《⼼.思.過.》, a public participation project set within an classical Chinese garden in Zhongshan opened in August 2015 and will become a permanent feature within the park. His latest work Sweet Water, Bitter Earth and Trust Little in Tomorrow made their debut at Unseen in Amsterdam, with planned exhibitions in 2017 both in the UK and US He is represented by Jen Bekman Gallery in New York, The Photographer’s Gallery in London and by Identity Art Gallery and Blindspot Gallery in Hong Kong.
Special thanks to the textile designer Lai Garling
Lai Garling, Karen graduated from Chelsea College of Art in London with a textile design degree. She specializes in weaving, which is an old traditional form of textile production, which interlaces two distinct sets of yarn to form a fabric. She always believes in herself as more than just a weaver. She loves detail, texture and a spoonful of emotion. Absorbing the history of textile art by traveling to South East Asia alone, she explores her creativity in many different forms of self-taught art: film, painting and photography.
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