Photography

Mother Russia

I truly admire Pussy Riot's feminine power in awakening worldwide concern over the life of women in contemporary Russia. I always wonder how the life of women in Russia is in a men-dominated society. Perhaps, answers can be found at "Mother Russia" which is a group exhibition by emerging 4 Russian Photographers. The exhibition attempts to reflect the images of Russian women from different perspectives, providing an opportunity for Hong Kong people to glimpse this mysterious and ever-changing Eurasia country. It is an incredible chance for us to think about the freedom of speech, especially to Hong Kong who has growing conflict of interest with China.

Venue: The Salt Yard
Duration: 19/1 - 24/3 2013, 12n - 7pm, Thu - Sun

Details HERE

"David Bowie is" Exhibition

When we are talking about London's nightlife of yesteryear, ones will not be missed are the Punks and also a signature punk icon, David Bowie. The Victoria & Albert Museum has been given an unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie. More than 300 objects will be brought together for the very first time, e.g. lyrics, fashion, photography etc. The exhibition's concept is derived from David Bowie's famous song "Heroes" and also a book "We Can be Heroes" which has the most detailed account of London's coolest people in nightlife.

The exhibition will start from 23 March and end on 28 July 2013. If you don't have a chance to stop by London for the exhibition, make sure you get a copy of "We Can be Heroes".

Exhibition details

Lan Wei

Constructions ceased, concrete buildings stayed. Anothermountaiman highlighted the "exotica of opposites between grey lan wei and bright dreamy fantasy folk" in his exhibition. A back translation of the word "lan wei" is broken end. How sad to see construction project which the end is not complete, well executed and giving false hope to people who are in need of such space that could be home or dwelling area to many.

Lanwei Exhibition by anothermountainman Date: 7.10 - 11.11.2012 Venue: Blindspot Gallery & Blindspot Annex

vanishing cultures - mustang

It's through the Vanishing Cultures Project (VCP) which I come across Taylor Wiedman who is a New York based photographer shooting Mustang for the group to raise funds and awareness. VCP is a nonprofit initiative which aims to assisting indigenous, traditional groups worldwide to preserve their culture by documenting their lifestyle through photography, research, and media, educating the public about these extinguishing values and cultures. The current project which spans till September 2012 is called Nomads No More, a theme about Mongolia. The below images shot by Taylor has been documented in the book Mustang: Lives and Landscapes of the Lost Tibetan Kingdom. Hundred percent of the proceeds of this book will go to the VCP, or order individual prints here!

a date with rag & bone

lab by Lane Crawford welcomed Rag & Bone to Hong Kong with a special collaboration, and in-store exhibition. Here are some snapshots of the evening.

Installation of Rag & Bone's D.I.Y photos.

The lovely Sarah Fung talking to fashion blogger Tina Leung of Tina Loves.

New York-based Confetti System's festive holiday decorations for the shop.

Paola Sinisterra of Tangram gets playful with the decor.

Danielle and Marcus having a laugh after one too many sakes.

Kevin Poon, Stinger Wong and Cindy Ko at Yardbird.

Rag & Bone's David Neville, Marcus Wainwright and Catherine with Stinger, who pulled this all together with his team.

The night goes on...

the art of clean up

Swedish photographer Ursus Wehrli has recently published a book, The Art of Clean Up, and has received a lot of attention for its humourous and obsessive compulsive take on daily life. Watch his TED 2006 conference talk, and view more of his photographs where he has strangely and neatly re-organized everything from cars, pine needles to the letters in alphabet soup. Once you start, it seems you just can't stop.

D.I.Y. rag & bone

For their latest campaign, the boys at Rag & Bone took a different turn and asked their friends, such as Miranda Kerr and Karolina Kurkova, to point the lens - at themselves. Giving them a camera and a bag of clothes, they created a D.I.Y. project and the results are intimate portraits and candid snapshots - exactly the type of thing you don't see in other fashion campaigns.

David and Marcus from Rag & Bone have invited a few of us in Hong Kong to join the mix, and there will be an exhibition of the images in-store at Lane Crawford next week. Stay posted and see how we decided to express ourselves.

symphony of hong kong

Check out what the style-cats over at Lane Crawford are doing this season with the launch of Lab by Lane Crawford. It all starts off by inviting Marcelo Burlon to create The Symphony of Hong Kong.

Last week, Burlon created this film, where 23 local influencers expressed their individual style in selected lab fashion-brand wardrobes available at Lane Crawford. The cast included local fashion icon Hilary Tsui, stylist Tina Leung, blogger Cindy Ko and designer Philip Chu; as well as creatives Arnault Castel, Danielle Huthart and Kevin Poon. Featured lab brands included Acne, Alexander Wang, Band of Outsiders, Carven, Helmut Lang, IRO, Joseph, Markus Lupfer, McQ, Opening Ceremony, rag & bone, Rick Owens Lilies and Theyskens’ Theory.

Lovely behind the scenes photography of the shoot by Yuman Ng.

dry ground

The Horn of Africa needs our help. The lives of millions of Africans across Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya is in threatened by one of the most severe drought and famine-stricken crises in the world. Support Unicef, Red Cross and OCHA and help end what BBC has called “the worst drought in 60 years” to hit the continent.

Our friends are organizing a fundraising silent auction next week to help and make a difference. Please come support, bid on a photograph and stay for a few beers. Dry Ground at The Culture Club Gallery, 15 Lower Elgin Street, Soho, Hong Kong. Friday September 23, from 7-11pm

zhe chen

Lately I have been paying more attention to China works ranging from magazines, websites to also TV programs. They amaze and impress me being the quality of work and the direction they adopt are great. It's my own problem that I have certain resistance to study all these with more effort before, but when that hurdle is overcome, I explore another horizon which is deeper and wider! Something like these images caught my eyes by young photographer Zhe Chen. Her writing is simple but very touching. HK Art Fair is here again end of May, we would see massive works from China for sure.

andreas gefeller

Photographer Andreas Gefeller's show at Hasted Kraeutler is a simple exercise in noticing patterns and complexities within simple situations. His "Japan Series" concentrates on the chaotic cluster of telephone poles that are ubiquitous in urban areas. But when digitally stitched together against a stark white and black background, the perspective is distorted and you are not certain if you are looking up or down, close-up or far away. Either way the results make for interesting images. "Andreas Gefeller. The Japan Series" runs from March 31 – May 14, 2011Hasted Kraeutler, 537 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10011

rupture

Jiang Art Gallery presents our friend Laurent Segretier's first solo photography exhibition in Hong Kong entitled 'Rupture'. Laurent uncovers the true female beauty through his soulful lenses. He explores the depth of women's emotions by snatching a glimpse of their facial and body expressions. The 'pixelated strokes' he engraved on the Rupture series give each work a distinct sophisticated personality at the same time. Opening Reception 6:30 - 9PM, Wednesday March 16, 2011 Press and Private Preview 4:30 - 6:30PM

G/F & 1/F 39 Staunton Street, Central Hong Kong March 16 - April 30, 2011

tilting the lens exhibition

Twelve students at SCAD Hong Kong will be telling you the story of Sham Shui Po, by putting forward a photographic exhibition – Tilting The Lens: A SCAD Documentation of Sham Shui Po at JCCAC L0 Gallery from March 4 to 11, 2011. The opening reception will be free and open to public on the first exhibition night. Best known for the street markets, computer centres and age-old buildings, Sham Shui Po is in fact an interesting neighborhood going through an urban transformation. To capture the vibrant and historical character in this old-meet-new neighborhood, the exhibition will be showcasing 70 documentary images, as a preview to a future book publication (releasing in 2012).

Whitespace hopes that you will join us to the event to support and embrace the local culture.

Semi-Permanent Hong Kong 2011

Hosted in 9 cities, 5 countries, with 164 speakers and over 42,000 attendees, Semi-Permanent - the Conference for Creative People is finally bringing their debut event to Asia, and we proudly announce Hong Kong as the destination! This two-day internationally acclaimed conference is held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 March. Twelve world-renowned speakers, including HK-based artist Simon Birch, Christian Alzmann of Industrial Light & Magic, Grammy award-winning graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister and Fashion photographer of 2009 Kayt Jones etc., will be discussing their work, philosophy and life experiences on creating inspirational art, design and media.

Simon Velvin, Global Creative Director for Semi-Permanent said, "Semi-Permanent is now in its ninth year internationally, and we are excited to be bringing the concept to Asia for the first time. Hong Kong is the obvious destination, being a city diverse in design and bustling with culture. We have had overwhelming support from the local community for Semi-Permanent, and are excited that the government, leading creative brands and industry associations are supporting our efforts..."

Whitespace is more than gratified to have become the basecamp and partner of Semi-Permanent for the Hong Kong conference in 2011, and we are looking forward to seeing you at the event!

Before Press Briefing

Semi Permanent - Press Briefing

At Semi Permanent's Press Briefing

fake china

fakechina

We met Swedish designer Nille Svensson at last year's Icograda conference in Beijing, and was so excited. Not only is a thoughtful speaker and clever graphic designer, it was interesting to see his attention being turned to products - especially one that we are familiar with in this part of the world. Fake China is the result. By exploring and reversing the notion that China is where all the fakes are produced, he goes back to a time when the West was doing the forgery - giving rise to the theme of Orientalism in art.

In producing these classic blue-and-white China plates with a twist, he writes "It is a healthy reminder of how cultural influenses and values shift and change over time. Not only geographically, but economically and demographically, the general presumption that the Western world is where things are designed and originated, whilst the East is where they get produced and copied will not prevail forever." More information on where to see it and how to buy it over at www.fake-china.com