The Chronicle of Disappearance 《消失記事》
The Chronicle of Disappearance
24 November - 10 January 2013
Gallery EXIT presents "The Chronicle of Disappearance", a group exhibition featuring works by LAM Hoi Sin, KONG Chun Hei, KONG Yiu Wing, Ivy MA and Christine NG Mien Yin.
The exhibition takes its name from the film "Chronicle of a Disappearance" by Palestinian director and actor Elia Suleiman. Dealing with themes of liminality, loss and disappearance, the movie develops through a series of seemingly unconnected cinematic tableaux. Similarly this exhibition explores different notions of disappearance articulated across the conceptual, personal and social realms. Through procedures of imperfections, erasures, augmentations and rewritings the featured works are individual portrayals of absence and dissociation from reality. Each of these tableaux offer a rich elaboration of erasure as a way of appropriating one's own personal history, memory and presence.
Interpretive drawings by LAM Hoi Sin continue to explore the ambiguities of found images through which the original subsumes into disappearance. "Dust and Scratches (No Blank)" by KONG Chun Hei is a looped projection of ten monochromatic drawings of image-less film. The work underscores the abundance of information and the possibility of ontological existence in an alleged void. KONG Yiu Wing's hallucinatory screenprint-paintings based on satellite cartography defy the issue of life under constant scrutiny through overlaying, superimpositions and effacement. Ivy Ma explores the interstice in perpetual remembering through acts of erasure in her palimpsest drawings. Christine NG Mien Yin re-appropriates nature, by deletion of human presence in her print transfers of Hong Kong landscape, resulting in surreal visualizations of an imagined reality.