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Lumenvisum is proud to present Artist and Photographer Conversation Series IX – “Rhetorical Landscape” – A Conversation Exhibition by Ho Siu Kee &Vincent Yu. The exhibition will showcase their latest artwork, including, installation, photo and video projection. The 2 artists started from the origin of their respective creations, with the theme of the void and solid of landscape, to explore the uniqueness of the images though subjectivity and objectivity. The exhibition tries to demonstrate the inclusiveness and possibilities of contemporary art to the visitors, provides an alternative experience of landscape.

Charlies Baudelaire, the French poet, described photography in “The Salon of 1859” as “Art’s most mortal enemy”, which defined photography is not a kind of Art. In the early stage of the development of Photography, Photo was just defined as an image made by machines. Today, more than a century later, photography is included as one of the medium in Art. From the development of a copy machine of the reality to one of the important medium in Art, the core discussion is about the objectivity and subjectivity of photography. Whether as a tool for recording or the medium of art creation, photography plays an important role in contemporary art. The distance of the thoughts and the ideas about image of artist and photographer is worth to discuss, especially artist and photographer have different ideas towards images.

Lumenvisum initiated the “Artist and Photographer Conversation Series” in 2011, 1 local photographer and 1 local artist will be invited to have a deep conversation with each other. The Conversation series aims at serving as a platform for cross-disciplinary dialogue and facilitating the ideas and cultural exchange of different art forms. In the same time, the series also provides a document of the development of Hong Kong photography art. “The conversation series” comes to the 9th year and this year we have Ho Siu kee, a local artist who actively explore the relationship of ceramic, installation and other art forms, and Vincent Yu Wai Kin, an experienced photojournalist.

The 2-experienced art creators knew about the art creations of each other in the conversation in the past 8 months, concepts related like contemporary photography, images and multi-media art creation. The 2 artists extend their ideas and imagination towards photography and images, conjuring a collaborative exhibition as the creative outcome “Rhetorical Landscape”. Based on the theme “the void and solid of Landscape”, to explore the subjectivity and objectivity of image. The piece on show by Ho, “Mount Sumeru and a Mustard Seed” combines landscape and Buddhism, representing Mount Sumeru, the vast mountain of Buddhism at the centre of the universe, though video projection. The imagery is thus a metaphor of all things’ being equal and non-contradictory. The work “HKM (y Observatory)” by Yu is his latest art creation by a smartphone app “My Observatory”, he tries to juxtapose his own images onsite with the images produced by the surveillance lens of the observatory. On the other hand, he tries to go beyond landscape photography by the work “HKV (erticals)”. The artworks are influenced by the counterpoint of classical music, to photograph the familiar city landscape that we can see in every day life in vertical format.

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Opening Reception: 27.4.2019 (Sat) 5-7pm
Exhibition Period: 27.4 – 2.6.2019
Artist talk: 27.4.2019 (Sat) 3-5pm
Opening hour: Tue to Sun 11am-1pm; 2-6pm (Closed on Monday and public holidays)
Venue: Lumenvisum – L2-02, JCCAC, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon

*Docent-guided visits available for groups. Please contact us for details.

**Public guided tour will be offered in every Saturday and Sunday, except public holiday. Please contact us for more information.

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About the artist

Ho Siu Kee

Ho, Siu-kee (b. 1964) obtained his BA degree in Fine Arts at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1989. He then graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, USA, with an MFA degree majoring in Sculpture and received his Doctor of Fine Art degree from RMIT University, Australia in 1995 and 2003 respectively. He is currently the Associate Professor and Director of the MA in Fine Arts programme at the Department of Fine Arts, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Most of Ho’s artworks begin with the exploration of his own senses and bodily perception. They appear as self-portraitures through the visual presentation of his own body imagery employing different media, such as sculpture, installation, photography and video. The visual presentation materializes and projects the innate personal experience as means of artistic expression which is expected to make up the communication between the “Self” and the “Other”. Ho participated in various prestigious exhibitions worldwide including the 23rd International Biennial of Sao Paulo in 1996 and the 49th Venice Biennial in 2001 as Hong Kong official representative.

Vincent Yu Wai Kin

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Vincent Yu has worked as a photojournalist covering major news events across the Asia-Pacific region since 1985. As a close observer of Hong Kong’s rapid development, Yu has acquired a special sensitivity towards its ever-changing cityscape. In particular, he is interested in documenting disappearing heritage and architecture as well as communities affected by these changes.

His works have been recognized by many honors, including the 2004 National Headliner Awards, 2010 World Press Photo Awards 3rd Prize “People in the News” singles category, 2013 Picture of the Year Awards, Award of Excellence “ Photographer of the Year “ and numerous Hong Kong Press Photographers Association Annual Awards. His works are collected by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. 

About Artist and Photographer Conversation Series

Whether as a tool for recording or the medium of art creation, photography plays an important role in contemporary art. The distance of the thoughts and the ideas about image of artist and photographer is worth to discuss, especially artist and photographer have different ideas towards images. Lumenvisum initiated the “Artist and Photographer Conversation Series” in 2011 to serve as a platform for cross-disciplinary dialogue, each time conjuring a collaborative exhibition as the creative outcome.

About Lumenvisum

Lumenvisum is a registered charitable arts organization established in 2007. Dedicated to promote the photographic art in Hong Kong, it regularly organizes photo exhibitions, artist talks, photography courses as well as a wide range of exchange and educational activities. Apart from an art space, at its Centre in JCCAC, it also runs a library and a bookstore.