The solo exhibition of South Ho Siu Nam showcases Ho’s photographic and video works revolving around the Occupy Movement that took place in Hong Kong in 2014.
“good day good night” features a series of black and white photographs and videos capturing scenes of the Occupy Movement, and unique works combining photography and painting on the same theme. Unlike the prevalent documentary approach taken by most photographers to record the events, Ho took an indirect approach filled with symbols and metaphors to representing his personal experiences and the surrounding presences. Scenes of clashes between the police and the protesters are replaced by objects discarded on the road like barricades, umbrellas, used water bottles and tents. People appear small and insignificant against the backdrop of the city, which looks quiet and peaceful amidst undercurrents of intensity and chaos.
“good day good night” encapsulates the disruptive in a seemingly subdued cityscape, coalescing the socio-political messages from his previous series like Defense and Resistance (2013) and Open Door (2014), and the transience of living and existence conveyed in his other works such as Into Light (2011), Impermenance (2011) and Every Daily (2013) into one emotive showcase. A photography book about the project, also titled good day good night, will be launched at the opening reception with signing.
Blindspot Gallery will also open another solo exhibition “Now, Here, and Beyond” by Ken Kitano on the same day. The opening date coincides with the South Island Cultural Art Day when selected galleries and artist studios at the south side of Hong Kong Island will open door with refreshments for visitors. The artists will be present at the opening reception. Interviews are welcome and can be arranged.
About South Ho Siu Nam. Born in 1984, Hong Kong artist Ho graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2006. Ho was awarded the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards 2009. He was selected as finalist of The Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2011 and as nominee for the Société Générale Chinese Art Awards 2010. His work is collected by the Burger Collection, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Legislative Council of Hong Kong and Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan. Ho currently lives and works in Hong Kong. In 2013, he co-founded 100 ft. PARK, a non-commercial art space dedicated to providing an open platform for exhibiting and sharing art.
- South Ho Siu Nam, Not Every Daily II, 2014. Courtesy of the gallery
- South Ho Siu Nam, Not Every Daily II, 2015. Courtesy of the artist