::Hong Kong : A Visceral Response :
Dance performance choreographed and performed by Sudhee Liao and Ivan Chan (with courtesy of City Contemporary Dance Company) in response to Zhao Zhao’s Building Blocks

Closing evening of the exhibition “Repetition as Art: Zhao Zhao Takes Action” curated by Charles Merewether

Dance Artists Sudhee Liao and Ivan Chan believe that “the integrity of movement can be built up through a process of repetition. The meaning and honesty behind each step is sublimated, as information becomes either lost or redeveloped.” 

Liao and Chan confront the concept of ‘work’, a staple of contemporary life, in its associations with arduous activity. The artists refer to Guy Standing’s definition of labour in its relation to work within modern economics: “Etymologically, the roots of the word labour are negative. It is derived from the Latin (labor), implying toil, distress and trouble.” They apply this philosophy in a performance responding to Zhao Zhao's piece “Building Blocks” (2013-2014).

The performance illustrates work as a part of our lives for the purpose of sustainability. “Working to live, is similar to animals hunting for food to live.” By restricting their natural body movements to reflect the onerous and tedious, the dance becomes a metaphor for production, and as a result of the process, a reduction of the self. The artists explore against a backdrop of the industrial and man-made, playing with the dichotomies found between performer and space.

Interweaving between Zhao Zhao’s Building Blocks with their performance, Liao and Chan shift the gallery space between corporeal and existential reflection. 

Sudhee Liao was born and raised in Singapore, she graduated from The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Contemporary Dance. Her experience as a dancer is wide ranging having worked extensively with different international choreographers. Liao has travelled and performed internationally in various productions and dance festivals. Her works include performances in theatres and galleries, site-specific spaces as well as video works.

As a choreographer, her more recent works includes "White Cell", “Haptic Compression” which was performed at Hong Kong Art Festival 2017 and “Not yet / To forget”, a collaboration with Ivan Chan was commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council presented in Hong Kong and Malaysia. Liao is currently an independent artist, choreographer and dance educator.

Ivan Chan Chun Wai was born in Hong Kong. He graduated from Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and studied dance. He is currently a dancer of City Contemporary Dance Company. Chan had opportunities to work with successful choreographers and pioneering artists from all over the world, such as Laura Aris Alvarez (Spain), John Utans, Kristina Chan, Natalie Weir (Australia), Ina Christel Johannessen (Norway), Sang Jijia (Tibet), Anh Ngoc Nguyen (Vietnam), Dam Van Huynh (England). 

Chan has also worked with influential choreographers in China and Hong Kong: Helen Lai, Willy Tsao, Xing Liang, Victor Fung, Yuri Ng also installation artist, Emilie Petoiset. Additionally, he worked with the company as Y-Space, E-side Dance Company, 4 Degrees Dance Laboratory, Hong Kong Dance Company, Unlocking Dancing Plaza, Hong Kong Art Festival and Hong Kong Dance Alliance production.

Date: 28.10.2018
Time: 6.30-7.30PM
Venue: Osage Hong Kong, 4/F, 20 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong

Enquiries & RSVP: 
Pixel Cascante (Osage Hong Kong)
+852 2172 1603 | pixelcascante@oaf.cc



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::Hong Kong : Repetition As Art :Zhao Zhao Takes Action : 12.09.2018 – 28.10.2018
Solo Exhibition of the Work by Zhao Zhao
Curated by Charles Merewether

Opening Reception: 12.09.2018 (Wed) 18.00 - 20.00
Exhibition Period: 13.09 – 28.10.2018 
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 10.30 – 18.30 | Sun 14.30 – 18.30
Closed on public holidays. 

The “Repetition As Art: Zhao Zhao Takes Action” exhibition gives an insight into five works by one of China’s principle younger contemporary artists, Zhao Zhao, including his earlier work “Building Blocks” (2014) consisting over 60 oddly shaped, large-scale woodblocks, “Again” (2012/2013) and “Slap, Crush, Leather Shoes and Family” (2013-2014), as well as two of his recent video works “Desert Camel” (2017) and “In Extremis” (2018), which will be premiered at Osage in this exhibition.

Over time, Zhao Zhao has used repetition as a central concept and means of retaining reference to the original subject in the making of distinct works of art across a range of media.

The action of repetition can be understood as integral to the operational structure of the daily economy of life. More specifically, the processes of recycling, re-presentation and assemblage characterize its functioning. Repetition is also a significant aspect of contemporary art. As distinct from the idea of an original creation as with modernist art, this aspect of contemporary art is a practice whose concept and materiality are based on using directly what already exists around us. More than that, we might say it represents the action of an individual artist or artistic group to intervene and respond to a social reality greater than themselves.

The work of Zhao Zhao belongs to this approach, drawing upon what is given but, remains hidden in the course of daily life. His work brings to the attention of audiences something overlooked or unseen, a detail and or an action, imperceptible or hidden from view or, perhaps at the limits of the norm of what is acceptable to be represented.

The five works seen together in this exhibition, we witness how Zhao Zhao gives a visible materiality to daily life, as if providing evidence of aspects of their otherwise unseen, forgotten or changing existence. By repeating something, he makes it new as an art form while, referring to the original source of its creation. It is no longer simply appropriation as was post-modernist art. Rather, repetition is never the same as before, but a work of art that, through the action of repetition, highlights the disappearance of the original.

As with other work by Zhao Zhao over the past six years, these works emphasize the action of an artist to intervene, to create a measure of distance from the real in order to reflect back on that reality. Through his installations and actions, we see how repetition is used as an artistic method to critically reflect on aspects of contemporary life.

Pixel Cascante: +852 2172 1603 | pixelcascante@osagegallery.com



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