AN
EXHIBITION
CELEBRATING
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20TH
ANNIVERSARY
OF
HONG
KONG
ART
SCHOOL
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Edwin K. LAI 黎健強 x Drew PETTIFER

簡介 Biography

Edwin K. Lai is a Senior Lecturer and Subject Coordinator (Photography) at the Hong Kong Art School, and an internationally recognised scholar of Chinese and Hong Kong photography. He has published more than one hundred essays and articles, and his photographic works have been exhibited in the U.K., Japan and Hong Kong. Starting from 2008, Lai has curated a number of exhibitions about Hong Kong photography and art, including 'Imaging Hong Kong ' (2008), 'The Earliest Photographs of Hong Kong' (2010), 'Faking It' (2010), 'Post-Straight: Contemporary Hong Kong Photography' (2012), 'Colour Hong Kong 40s-60s' (2014), 'Twin Peaks: Contemporary Hong Kong Photography ' (2014), 'Rare Encounters: Nancy Sheung's Portraits of Hong Kong Women in the 1960s' (2015), and 'Synchronic' (2018).

Drew Pettifer is an Australian artist, academic, curator and lawyer. He is currently a lecturer in the School of Art at RMIT University and Program Lead of the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art), Hong Kong. Based in Melbourne, Pettifer is interested in photographic theory, sexuality, power, the archive and contemporary social politics. With a practice that often interrogates questions of social justice and social change, he works across photography, video, printmaking, performance and installation. He has held recent solo exhibitions in Perth, Melbourne, Taipei, and Tokyo and been included in group exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney, Christchurch, New York, Berlin and Phnom Penh. In addition to his art practice, Pettifer also hosts the Australian contemporary art podcast FIELD WORK and regularly works as an independent curator and writer. His artworks are held in major public collections in Australia, including the National Gallery of Victoria, as well as private collections globally.

黎健強是香港藝術學院高級講師及攝影學科統籌,也是國際知名的中國及香港攝影學者。他曾經發表文章超過一百篇,攝影作品在英國、日本及香港展出。二零零八年起黎氏策展過多個攝影及藝術展覽,包括《影像香港當代攝影展覽》(二零零八)、《香港最早期照片1858-1875》(二零一零)、《藝術造假》(二零一零)、《後直:當代香港攝影》(二零一二)、《彩色香港 40s-60s》(二零一四) 、《屾:當代香港攝影》(二零一四) 、《珍影集:常惠珍鏡頭下的1960年代香港女性》(二零一五) 、《此時這地 ─ 香港學苑攝影》(二零一八)等。

Drew Pettifer是一位澳洲藝術家、學者、策展人及律師。他是澳洲皇家墨爾本理工大學的講師及藝術文學士香港課程主任。Pettifer長居墨爾本,對攝影理論、性別、權力、檔案及當代社會政治感興趣。他的藝術經常詰問社會公義和社會變革等課題,媒介上跨過攝影、影片、版畫、表演及裝置。他最近在珀斯、墨爾本、台北及東京舉行了個人展覽,並在墨爾本、悉尼、基督城、紐約、柏林及金邊參與群展。除了從事藝術創作,Pettifer亦主持澳洲當代藝術廣播節目FIELD WORK,並定期擔任獨立策展人和作家。其作品為維多利亞國立美術館及全球私人收藏。

Art making is one of the artistic activities that I do: besides this I also teach, write, curate, watch and consume. My motivation for art making is not always the same: generally, it is my thoughts of and participation in the imaging world.

做作品是我的藝術活動之一,之外主要的是教學、書寫、策劃、觀看和消費。我做作品的動機很不固定,總的來說是對於影像的思考與參與。

This collaborative project examines the notion of travel and location in the time of COVID-19. In recent decades, the movement of peoples has grown dramatically, with affordable air travel shrinking our sense of the globe and increasing our connection. At the same time, digital technologies have allowed for the interpenetration of space, with people communicating faster and more frequently and in increasing levels of detail. COIVD-19 has highlighted the impact of both of these issues. On the one hand, our physical movements have become more restricted as a result of this pandemic, emphasising just how much we rely on travel and movement. The corollary of this effect is that digital technologies are playing an increasing role in our connection to place and each other. For this project Lai and Pettifer engaged in acts that intersected digital and physical tourism, giving each other access to sites in their everyday lives using digital technology and documenting these encounters.

這是個探討新型冠狀病毒肆虐期間旅行和地方的合作計劃。由於飛行費用不太高昂,近幾十年來我們往外地旅行的情況十分普遍,於是全球化的意識和聯繫都誕生了。與此同時,數碼科技也發展至穿越空間的限制,令我們之間的溝通愈更迅速、頻密和詳細。新型冠狀病毒的傳播可以說點出了上述的兩個趨勢造成的影響:一方面這疫症大大的縮窄了我們實體的活動範圍,更加顯示了我們一直是如何倚重旅行和移動的。這情況的後果就是數碼科技在疫症期間愈更負責維持著我們在人與地之間的聯繫。在這個計劃裡,兩位作者參與了一種既實體又數碼化的旅遊活動:通過數碼科技他們帶了對方去看自己平日生活常常經過的地方,然後將這些探訪紀錄下來。

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Interlocation I
互聯遊(一)

Edwin outside the Royal Exhibition Building,
2 October 2020
黎健強在皇家展覽館外,2020年10月2日

Drew at the Lion Rock,
2 October 2020. Drew在獅子山,
2020年10月2日。

2020
Photography
攝影
80 x 50 cm/ each 件
2 pieces 共兩件