Shanghai Street Artspace
Ends Jun 12
Be warned: Wing Shya's exhibition, set in the heart of Yau Ma Tei is nothing like the shows in the glam or slick art galleries on Hollywood Road. Wing's installation art - grainy photo-graphs and illustrations presented on flimsy A4 colour printouts - evokes emotions of love, loss, desire and nostalgia.
Possibly in response to the neighbourhood, which is known for its old buildings and crowded, dirty streets, Wing has framed the prints on the wall with thick beige duct tape (with all the precision of a three-year old). Slapped together in a series of printouts, a woman is caught in motion, dancing in a grimy back alley. Another image from the film Eros is a close up of a woman's chest in black lingerie spread over 20 panels.
Morphed into the cardboard wall is a small television playing a 15-minute short that's unmistakably Wong Kar Wai-esque. Wing is the exclusive photographer for the director's films, which include 2046, In the Mood for Love and Happy Together.
Entitled Lost and Found, the video has three intertwining stories with the theme that when you lose something you also find something.
Mainly a silent movie, the story involves a carefree man cycling through the streets of Mongkok, a heartbroken woman and her daughter. Following these characters on their journey, eerie music, flashing lights, deep greens and reds and prolonged still shots give viewers a sense of longing - a feeling of trying to capture the fleeting moments of being in love.
If you make it to Wing's exhibition, you'll be rewarded with a large glossy magazine of his photos (some with Tony Leung Chiu-wai and a nude of Karen Mok Man-wai). There are a stack of them in good condition and others partially burnt (not sure why). Either way, the photos evoke emotion.
Tue-Sun, 11am-8pm, 404 Shanghai St, Yau Ma Tei (MTR exit A1). Inquiries: 2770 2157