In the show that kicked off the Sparkle! exhibition series, the curatorial team presented various versions of the artists' biographies to explore the trajectories of their lives. This exhibition – a step forward (or back) – explores the worlds that the artists currently inhabit, that is everything that intersects and overlaps where they are right now on their journey. The exhibition is a digest of dialogue and interaction between five curators of different time and space together with eight artists dedicated to different creative angles and aspects. They view this exhibition as a chance to drop anchor in the sea of dialogue and to take a bearing on three possible courses: "Where else to go", "Elsewhere to go" and "Way to go".
"Where else to go?" is a question of our times, but where does it come from? As artists go about their work, how do they put this question to themselves? Do puzzles in art coincide with puzzles in other worlds? "Where else to go?" may not be a question motivated by getting lost, but it calls for pauses between our footsteps and time to take a breath. It makes possible the freedom to pursue a destination.
Living in a world where work, leisure and rest are compartmentalised in time and space, we are not encouraged to address the relationships between experiences and thus to reflect on life. Are artists who live among others in this alienated world able to find the freedom to pursue an "elsewhere to go" in their creative processes? And as a pursuit, how different is "elsewhere" from leisure and pleasure of the consumerist kind?
In a world slanted in favour of material growth, differences are rejected, thickness is flattened. Do artists who naturally find a "way to go" change the coordinates and boundaries between these worlds? Do they find reasons to be at home with themselves?
Guest Curators: Yeung Yang, Susi Law, Joao Li, So Wai-lam and Wong Chun-hoi
Artists: Joe Chan, Thickest Choi, Sunday Lai, Swing Lam, Fiona Lee, Mak Ying-tung, Wong Chun-hoi and Wong Kit-yi (with Ali Wong)
Design Partner: Karr Yip
Date: 13.2 — 21.6.2015