Portraits of Chinese cool on show at Louis Vuitton Maison
with Andrew Sun. Additional reporting by Clara Mak and Vivian Chen.
It seems even Louis Vuitton needs the cachet of being associated with the fine arts. After a Chow Yun-fat photo exhibition last month, the Louis Vuitton Maison at Canton Road is hosting another photographic show, called Mind Games. An opening cocktail party on Wednesday introduced the artist, Hugo Tillman, and his project depicting 22 of China's top contemporary artists (out of a series depicting more than 70) in strange and surreal surroundings straight out of their imaginations. 'I didn't know anything about Chinese art before I started,' Tillman, an Englishman with an American accent, said. 'I lived in Beijing for about six months and I just talked with the artists about their hopes, fears, dreams and childhood memories.
'The ideas came from that. Some of the artists were very open; with others it took a long time to get them to agree to a photo shoot. I think it might be a case of 'who's going to go first'.'
Next up for the travelling portrait-maker is to document the youth culture of Tehran, which he says is far more liberal than you might expect. But in the meantime Tillman is relishing his return visit to Hong Kong, where he hasn't set foot for almost 10 years.
The exhibition at 5 Canton Road runs until October 19.