SELF, AS PORTRAIT | 21.09.2021–19.06.2022
Portraiture, which records the likeness of a person or group, often illustrates family ancestry, conveys social standing, or documents notable events. Within this popular art genre is self-portraiture, where artists frequently present themselves, aided by a mirror, in the act of creation.
Self, as Portrait examines how portraiture and self-portraiture extends to “art in print”—artists’ books, magazines, zines, and other printed matter. The display of mostly Asian artists’ and publishers’ works from the Artists’ Book Library explores how our sense of self, whether whole or fractured, changes and evolves through adversity while encouraging empathy, self-consciousness, and care.
Mirrored surfaces resonate here, too. They refer to the portrait-making process and also point to modes of representation, self-presentation, even self-absorption. Echoing today’s pervasive social media culture, Self, as Portrait highlights how multiplicity and circulation characterise published works, while its physically reflective books invite visitors to look, think, and become “self” absorbed.
Self, as Portrait includes works by Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou Rahme, Farah Al Qasimi, Olga Bubich, Kaitlin Chan, Chan Wai Lap, Teresa Chen, Đào Tùng, Kristopher Ho, Takashi Homma, Ishiuchi Miyako, Tenmei Kanoh, Barbara Kapusta, Misaki Kawai, KEITATA, Firenze Lai, Suzy Lee, Leung Chi Wo, Leung Yiu Hong, Mabuhigh Daze, Yasumasa Morimura, Serge Onnen, PARKETT No. 49 (Laurie Anderson, Douglas Gordon, Jeff Wall), Angel Shaw, Quan Shen, Tiffany Sia, Jasper Sebastian Stürup, Mengyang Wang, and Jun Yang. Organised by Ingrid Pui Yee Chu, Associate Curator, Artists’ Book Library & Public Programmes. Special thanks to Ka Yee Cheng, Miki Tsui Shuk Wai, and the Tai Kwun Contemporary team.