South Korean-born German philosopher Byung-Chul Han once quoted an example to explain the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben’s concept of ‘profanation’: During the recession period in Greece, a group of children discovered a large amount of banknotes in a ruined house. Instead of using them as what money is supposed to, they playing with them and tearing them to shreds. Profanation is an act of taking sacred things from gods and turning it into mortal usage. By quoting this example, Han portraits a post-apocalypse world where money has lost its meaning, and we are shredding paper for fun, like the ‘profanation’ act of the children.
Perhaps in arts, ‘profanation’ could be described as the way of how artists create through appropriation and conceptualisation. Both ways are giving new meaning towards pre-existed objects and subjects. Curated by Alex Yiu and Suze Chan, ‘Play. Boredom. Worship.’ will present new artworks from six emerging artists from Hong Kong. Through dialogue and discussion with the curators, the artists interpret the idea with different perspectives and angles with their artworks.
Opening reception: 19/10
Exhibition period: 19/10 – 24/11
Herman Lau 劉志鏗, Phoenix Tse 謝傲俊
Chan Moon 陳滿
Vunkwan Tam 譚煥坤
Harry Chan 陳嘉浚
Suze Chan 陳凌欣
Mia Chu 朱文雅
Wong Tsz Yin 黃紫嫣
Co-curated by Alex Yiu & Suze Chan