Nadim ABBAS: Cataract 唐納天《白內障》
5 November – 11 December 2010
EXPERIMENTA and Gallery EXIT jointly present Nadim Abbas: Cataract. For his first one-man show in HK, Nadim Abbas will present a two-part installation, exploring his ongoing fascination with the psychological properties of water and the phenomenology of seeing. The title, Cataract then, denotes not only a waterfall, but also the ocular condition responsible for almost half of the world's blindness. Just as rapidly moving water turns from transparent to white, a cataract of the eye is formed when the lens becomes progressively opaque. The theme of opacity here shifts back and forth from connotations of reflected light to the obstruction and extinguishing of light that leads to blindness. Yet, as the Argentinean writer Borges once commented, "The world of the blind is not the night that people imagine." Conversely, one might conceive of a darkness that is formed of light, a kind of luminous night that persists in the world of appearances — it is this ambiguous aspect of the imaginary that Abbas seeks to locate.
Nadim Abbas (b.1980) is a HK based installation artist. His work explores the mechanics of seeing, often touching on the hidden violences and psychological traumas that permeate the seemingly innocuous facets of day-to-day life. He holds an MPhil in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong and a BA in Fine Art (Sculpture) from Chelsea College of Art, London.
EXPERIMENTA和安全口畫廊合辦唐納天 (Nadim Abbas) 在香港的首次個展 《Cataract》 (意譯：白內障)。展覽包括一個二重裝置，探索藝術家對水的心理性質和視覺的現象學的著迷。展覽主題《Cataract》指的不僅是瀑布，亦是世界半數瞎眼人的視覺狀況。正如快速流動的水從透明變成白色，白內障是眼睛晶狀體從透明漸變成涅白，這個主題的含意，游離於光的反射，阻礙與明滅之間。阿根廷作家博爾赫斯曾說：「盲人的世界並不等同人們想像的黑夜。」相反，我們可以設想為一種用光塑造成的黑暗，一個在表象世界持續發亮的黑夜，唐納天試圖探討的就是這想像的本質裡存在的曖昧性。
唐納天(b. 1980) ，活躍於香港的裝置藝術家。他的作品探索所見到的一切，往往涉及隱性暴力，及看似清白，但實質滲透著日常生活各方面的心理創傷。他擁有香港大學比較文學碩士學位，及倫敦 Chelsea College of Art 美術（雕塑）學士學位。