PEARL LAM GALLERIES PRESENTS
THE SOLO SITE-SPECIFIC PROJECT BY HONG KONG
ARTIST TSANG KIN-WAH
ECCE HOMO TRILOGY I
Curated by David Ho Yeung Chan
27thJuly-27th August, 2012
Press Preview: Thursday, 26th July, 3-5pm
Pearl Lam Galleries, 601-605, 6/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
HONG KONG – Pearl Lam Galleries announced today the second exhibition to be presented at its new Hong Kong gallery – a solo site-specific project, Ecce Homo Trilogy I, by Hong Kong artist Tsang Kin-Wah, opening Friday, 27th July with a reception the evening prior.
Featuring a body of new artworks by the artist, Ecce Homo Trilogy I includes a large-scale text based installation, a series of video projections, and text paintings on aluminum plates. Centering on footage taken from the 1989 televised trial and subsequent public execution of Nicolae Ceausescu, the former Romanian leader of the communist regime, this in-situ project explores the subject of judgment and in particular, our moral complexity in response to formulating a judgment and the extent to which that compromises our dignity as a human being. Tsang Kin-Wah forces the visitor to engage in the work, involving them consciously as an observer, and encouraging them to consider how one human would go about making a judgment of another.
Tsang Kin-Wah said, “Ecce Homo”—Latin for ‘behold the man’ — is the phrase used by Pontius Pilate when presenting Jesus to the public before his crucifixion, which also became the title of a book written by Nietzsche. By referencing the last judgment of Jesus and Nietzsche’s philosophy, Ecce Homo Trilogy I, a series of multi-channel video installations, tries to question the impartiality of a judgment plus its existence, and reveal the powerlessness of the one being judged at a particular period of time and environment. At the same time, it attempts to depict the emotions of the one being judged, as well as the dense and tense atmosphere throughout the whole process.
The documenting and broadcasting of the judgment and execution of so-called dictators through the media and sharing platforms allows people in different parts of the world to unintentionally become witnesses and participants of the judgment, just like those in the crowd who were told by Pilate to “Behold the Man” (“Ecce Homo”).
David Chan, curator of Ecce Homo Trilogy I said, “Tsang Kin-Wah has taken a long term interest in the study of Nietzsche and religion. His works typically deconstruct dominant Western ideologies.
By inviting the audience to witness a traumatic situation, Tsang intends to reverse ‘behold the man’ to ‘behold the audience’: for the gaze to be on the viewers instead and to ask them how they go about making a value judgment and its moral consequences. In many ways, experiencing Tsang Kin-Wah’s project is like looking at a classical religious painting, but instead of contemplating the many nuances of a static scene, the artist consummates the viewing experience with different media.
The combination of large-scale in situ wall text, paintings and video projections asks us to become more conscious of our own movements in the gallery space, thereby becoming self-reflexive in how we judge something by looking. The text-based paintings on aluminum panels throughout the gallery are intended to create illusionary openings inside the space making the gallery look like a jail where we are locked in, only to contemplate our own
Pearl Lam, founder of Pearl Lam Galleries said, “Coming from Hong Kong, I am proud to be
showing leading Hong Kong artist Tsang Kin-Wah. This is the first time the gallery will exhibit
a Hong Kong artist. Hong Kong is being transformed into a major contemporary art centre,
attracting both an international and local audience. Tsang Kin-Wah will be creating a new
especially commissioned project for our space, which has universal relevance and, I believe, will have a deep impact on all visitors to the exhibition.”
About Tsang Kin-Wah
Tsang Kin-Wah was born in Shantou, China in 1976, and now lives and works in Hong Kong. He graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Camberwell College of Arts, the London Institute.
Tsang’s solo exhibitions include MAM Project 015: Tsang Kin-Wah, at Mori Art Museum (2011) and Tsang Kin-Wah, at Yvon Lambert Gallery in Paris (2008) and New York (2007). He has also exhibited widely in group exhibitions such as the Asian Art Biennial, Taichung (2011), Architecture of Fear at Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt, Belgium (2011), Aichi Triennale, Nagoya (2010), 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010), 10th Biennale de Lyon (2009), as well as in leading museums in Helsinki, Madrid, Moscow, the Netherlands, Seoul, Shanghai and Oslo.
Tsang has also received numerous awards including the Tokyo Type Directors Club Prize 2007, Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2005 and the Prize of Excellence at the Hong Kong Art Biennial 2001.
His works are found in major collections worldwide, including the DSL Collection, Deutsch Bank Collection (Hong Kong), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), Museum of Design Zurich (Switzerland),
Hong Kong Museum of Art, Camberwell College of Arts (London), Sovereign Art Foundation and the Thomas Shao Collection.
Pearl Lam Galleries, 601-605, 6/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel (852) 2522 1428, fax (852) 2840 1088