Art Basel 2018 Hong Kong visit
Dinh Q. Lê
I managed to get a ticket to the Art Basel event in Hong Kong. I was looking for more inspiring work. Well, I was looking for photography work generally. The first photography work I noticed was that of Dinh Q. Lê Gardens on the move (Q Lê, 2018), This reminded me of how photos can be repeated, and also how adding flowers actually at the side of the installation added context to the work. This idea could work well with a book also.
The second piece of work that caught my attention was the black and white framed image of a star shaved out of the hair at the back of the head.
The work was based on the Term Hi-Red Center (Hirata, 2018) Hi-Red Center was a short-lived radical art collective that emerged in post-war Japan and was active between 1963 and 1964.
Morimura described his work as disordered physicality, which means work which has energy and enthusiasm with no order. (Morimura, 2018) And goes onto to say “At the root of this present undertaking is a yearning to return to the origins of my artistic spirit” or if you like self-questioning about the motivations of your creative intentions. This got me thinking about my work and what exactly it is I want to express, perhaps I was also yearning to rebuild my creative spirit. I also think my work also expresses the physicality of the Barbers also. The types of images I produce do have a lot of energy and enthusiasm.
Another artist/photographer Sohrab Hura which appeared at the Art Basel 2018 was another set of black and white images.
The work was quite raw and seemed almost void of what some photographers would say sharpness; I began to look further into his work.
He talks about his work on a very personal level he said the following about the SWEET LIFE – Life is Elsewhere work. He said the following
“Life is Elsewhere is a journal of my life, my family, my love, my friends, my travels, my sheer need to experience all that is about to disappear and so in a way I’m attempting to connect my own life with the world that I see with a hope to find my reality in it. It is a book of contradictions and of doubts and understandings and of laughter and forgetting in which I am trying to constantly question myself by simply documenting the broken fragments of my life which might seem completely disconnected to one another on their own. But I hope that in time I am able to piece together this wonderful jigsaw puzzle called life. And this journey will perhaps lead to reconciliation with my own life”.
I began to think about my own life and my journey through this 2-year photography project journey. Perhaps this is about me trying to connect my old life to this new life in Hong Kong and at the same time looking at the journey of barbers and barbers life in general in this Hype, driven financial capitalist city.
Q Lê, D. (2018). Gardens on the Move 2009 digital photograph by Dinh Q Lê. [online] VXArtNews. Available at: http://www.vxartnews.com/2014/11/dinh-q-les-signs-and-signals-from-the-periphery-at-asu-art-museum-proves-that-art-is-everywhere/gardens-on-the-move-2009-digital-photograph-by-dinh-q-le/ [Accessed 31 Mar. 2018].
Hirata, M. (2018). Hi-Red Center – Art Term | Tate. [online] Tate. Available at: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/h/hi-red-center [Accessed 30 Mar. 2018].
Hura, S. (2018). Life is Elsewhere – SOHRAB HURA. [online] Sohrabhura.com. Available at: http://www.sohrabhura.com/Life-is-Elsewhere [Accessed 31 Mar. 2018].
Morimura, Y. (2018). Yasumasa Morimura – High, Red, Central, Action. 1st ed. Japan: Yasumasa Morimura, MEM INC., p.7.