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‘Crush’ at Para Site, Hong Kong

‘Crush’ at Para Site, Hong Kong

Para Site presents “Crush” – a group exhibition featuring 21 artists from the Asian subcontinent at the Hong Kong space, running through November 25, 2018.

“Crush” focusses on the dark side of love and the emotions associated with unrequited love. The artists featured are: Oscar Chan Yik Long, Chen Zhe, Chen Dandizi, South Ho, Huang Jingyuan, Sarah Lai Cheuk Wah, Lau Wai, Lee Kit, Li Jinghu, Dawn Kim, Marge Monko, Pak Sheung Chuen, Sunny Wong Wing Sang, Sound Route (Musquiqui Chihying, Shen Sum-Sum, Wu Chi-Yu), Magdalen Wong, Writing Mothers (organised by Huang Jingyuan, Wang Yamin, Feng Junhua) and Cici Wu, who use the common mediums like reading, writing, audio recording etc. to explore the emotional aspects as artistic language. Curated by Qu Chang, ”Crush” “intends to focus on the pain and abuse inflicted by love and its caricatures, and “outlaw emotions,” which have hitherto been neglected or deliberately shunned. One need look no further than the numerous cases of assault and harassment that have recently entered public debate, where the perpetrators’ abuse of power, committed under the guise of love, belies complex emotional experiences that demand parsing with care”, says the gallery.

“Unrequited love oscillates like a pendulum on an axis of passionate extremes; it is at once an epic and an epidemic, a feeling of ravishing euphoria and a perverse quest. The figure of the stalker is perhaps one of the most dramatic representations of the kind of wild obsession that one might succumb to when love is not returned. Although unrequited love is itself old and widespread, albeit not universal, it is contemporary life that now breeds obsession with unprecedented vigour: from the stars and celebrities who are constantly followed by groups of crazed fans, the nationalistic slogans that avidly call for unconditional patriotic love, to the hopeful romantics on omnipresent dating apps, the packaging of shop products covered in symbols of love and success, and the often-neglected emotional labour that underlies all relationships. The flow and exchange of emotions in everyday life are often regulated by the prevailing institutions of contemporary society. Owing to their ubiquity, the conflicting feelings associated with unrequited love become the rather tender avenue through which these institutions can be investigated. Taking inspiration from the rhetoric of love and obsession, the exhibition conjures a fictive space for lyricism, tracing the sensations of euphoria and perversion   while simultaneously investigating the threats of entrapment”, the gallery says.

The exhibition is on view through November 25, 2018, at Para Site, Hong Kong, 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong.

For details, visit: http://encn.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/para-site-art-space/overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek of the artist’s works.


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