Presenter : Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Organiser : Art Promotion Office
Collaborators : Executive Committee of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Supporting Organisation : Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office – Tokyo
Activity Collaborators : soundpocket, Fleurs des Lettres,
Art Appraisal Club, Hong Kong Open Printshop and Academy of Visual Arts of Hong Kong Baptist University
The second exhibition of the Hong Kong House opened in August, presenting Hong Kong artist, Annie Wan's Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread project. Wan's work uses food culture and the familiar medium of ceramics as themes to allow people to see the precious in the mundane. Before she started on her work, Annie visited many families and shops in Tsunan from March to April, experiencing for herself the ways the locals use simple ingredients, as well as the humility and thankfulness they show for the food they receive. The title of her work is a verse from the Lord's Prayer that expresses gratitude to God for granting food. It mirrors the Japanese phrase itadakimasu, which are words of thanks that are said before meals. In the exhibition, a series of ceramic works of moulded food objects document the food-related stories of Tsunan residents. The black-and-white photos on the wall depict Annie's interactions with and memories of the residents. A bowl with a muted elegance is coated with a glaze made from Koshihikari rice husks that are mixed with acacia wood ashes from Hong Kong. The moulded ceramics of Hong Kong and Japanese foods are juxtaposed on a dining table to present for the audience a visual feast, connecting Hong Kong and Japan, on this fertile land.
During the summer festival, Hong Kong Open Printshop organised cyanotype workshops with the aid of the sun and water from the nature, participants experienced the inter-relationship between people, nature and art. Fleur des Lettres's editor and writer, art critics from Art Appraisal Club and artists from soundpocket, have completed their artist-in-residence programmes, and will create visual arts, sound and literary works in response to their in situ experiences.
Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread by Annie Wan
Date : (Summer) 10.8 – 18.8.2019
(Autumn) 12.10 – 4.11.2019
Venue : Hong Kong House
Address : 29 — 4 Miyanohara, Kamigo, Tsunan-machi, Nakauonuma-gun, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Time : 10am — 4pm daily