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Irregular Plurals: Habitat

Exhibition Period
Aug 24 - Sep 21, 2023
Exhibition date and time
Thu to Thu, -
Exhibition Place
WMA Space

Exhibition series ‘Irregular Plurals’ embarks on an audacious expedition, venturing into the exploration of cohabitation in this land of ours. The concept of ‘cohabitation’ traces its roots to Hannah Arendt’s proposition, emphasises the necessity to transcend our individual boundaries and to learn to live together within a collective community.

To expand upon this narrative, we must first contemplate: who exactly are we referring to as a ‘collective’? The inaugural exhibition of this series, ‘Habitat’, seeks to emancipate viewers from the conventional anthropocentric perspective. It invites them to explore the subjectivity not only of humans but also of the cohabiting animals, plants, microorganisms, and even the inherent essence of sunlight and air. Lo Lai Lai Natalie, through years of field research, perceives the delicate balance and wisdom of mutual cooperation and predation among living organisms. Her works playfully highlight the unidirectional communication and intervention that humans often impose upon nature. Inspired by her experience as a photographer in a theme park, Yuen Nga Chi explores the lives of gregarious animals that are confined, exhibited and constantly observed. Through extensive observation and examination, Yuen analogously relates the  experiences of the animals to that of the varied domesticated lifestyles of humans in urban settings. 

The series of images, video works, and found objects in the exhibition intricately intertwines the diverse perspectives of various organisms. They pulsate with an array of life forms, each finding its place within the gallery, alternating between soliloquies and dialogues. Their monologues and dialogues mirror the intricate balance between self-assertion and collaborative communication within a community. As a plural and diverse collective, how do ‘we’, through perceiving and comprehending the intricacies and rhythms of each other’s lives, defy the customary exclusion of the ‘other’?

For curatorial statement, please visit https://wma.hk/article/curatorial-statement-irregular-plurals-habitat/

21/9 (Thu)
17:45 - 21:00 A Night walk with artists Lo Lai Lai Natalie and Matthew Kwan  

The creatures that live in the countryside change when the day gives way to the night. The moment has come for the off-duty species to take a nap, but the nocturnal species are wide awake, accomplishing challenges via a code language or engaging in a waiting game. Wandering between the light and the dark, they occasionally engage in conflict and occasionally look for a way to get along.

With Pat Heung farmer-artist Lo Lai Lai Natalie and founder of Project CROW Matthew Kwan, you will go on a moonlight journey to Pat Heung’s Tsing Tam Reservoirs where you will be able to observe their creative processes and discover their source of inspirations. Get a close-up view of how various organisms live from day to night by learning about the intricacies and cycles of the natural world.

Event Details:
> Date: 2023.9.21 (四 Thu)
> Time: 5:45pm – 9pm
> Meeting Place: Chung Yuen Store, No. 10 Tsing Tam Road, Shek Kong
> Capacity: 15人 (First-come-first-served)
> Language: Cantonese

Free (participants are required to settle a refundable deposit at HKD100 to secure their registration)

> Registration: https://www.eventbrite.hk/e/714408684607 (also in bio)