Osage Art Foundation is pleased to announce the exhibition titled “Other Side of Evidence” curated by Solomon Yu, featuring the works of local art practitioners. Artists Lam Siu-wing, Eric Tsang, Solomon Yu and the art group Archive of the People will present their artworks as a way to explore the relation between truth and art creation. The exhibition will open on Feb 6, 2017 at Osage Hong Kong and an on-site public forum will be held on Feb 25, 2017 to engage the public and the artists.
Generally we believe that facts and evidence help establish the ‘what-has-been’, yet they are not accountable for a truth. The burdens of facts and evidence are in fact multifaceted. In recent years, ‘what is real’ or ‘what is the truth’ has become a popular enquiry, covering topics ranging from real universal suffrage, real childhood, mockumentary, reality TV, to realities and truths presented by the algorithm behind social media and search engine, and lately, Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year 2016, ‘post-truth’. If we see ‘evidence’ as data just obtained, then it is worth exploring what else they could answer besides a truth.
While people demand the truth about things and appreciate realness in life, as creative agents we artists also explore aesthetic truths. We research on our subjects and then make use of the findings to create fictions, poetry, alternatives, new knowledge, even interventions that simultaneously redress real life. Other Sides of Evidence will present different responses from participating artists to these parallel roles – bearing responsibility for inquiring and observing reality and the truth, yet exercising our license to make believe and create.
Exhibition Fact Sheet
Exhibition Period : 6th February – 25th February 2017
Opening Hours : Mon – Sat: 10.30 am – 6.30 pm Sun: 2.30 – 6.30 pm ; Open to special appointments outside of these times. ; Closed on public holidays.
Opening Reception : 9th February 2017, Wednesday, 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Public Forum 25th February 2017, Saturday, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Venue : Osage Hong Kong
4/F, 20 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Venue Sponsor : Osage Art Foundation
Supported by : Hong Kong Arts Development Council
About the Artists
Lam Siu-wing (CUHK MA Multicultural Studies 2010) is an urban flâneur and an enthusiast of Hong Kong films. Lam will re-visit and narrate a chapter of his love life, up close and personal. Taking up the last job of his ex-girlfriend, he paints a story of an artist trying to trace the year his ex has had, from the work desk she has left behind to the scribbles on her paperwork.
Eric Tsang (CUHK MA Fine Arts 2014) works in journalism and has been obsessed for years with snapshots of traffic incidents constantly shared on social media by the public. While going through his downloaded collection of these images on his phone, he begins to wonder if there is something that links them to his private life.
Solomon Yu (CUHK MA Fine Arts 2011) is interested in the operation of imagery. Combing through footages of old TV news reports, he is fascinated by different types of spatial illusion constructed to assist news presentation. He attempts to deconstruct the spatial arrangement as seen on screen and explores the visual language of the newsroom studio.
Archive of the People is a research and art group that involves different creative practices to address the governance on records, legislation of Archives Law and their related politics. Five members of the group will adopt various approaches to each respond to the operations and systems behind public auctions regularly held by the government.