Déjà Vu

Photography Exhibition

'Chay Lay Gi'

This ‘Kowloon City’ neighbourhood is an absolute treasure chest for Hong Kong culture.

I was keen on photographing images based on elements of design, thought, and nostalgia. In ‘Chay Lay Gi’, I like that the vendor selected recycled cardboard for labeling. Take note of her distinct XL handwriting of the $ sign! It is old-school with a twist.
Originally designed as a mini-scavenger hunt, most of these images can still be found and are in the exact same spot! Have fun and learn a little Cantonese along the way. A very special thanks to Hotel Stage for showcasing Déjà Vu at MUSE.
Walk good,
Monique Lai
Muse, Hotel Stage

Capturing classic fun treats of daily life in Hong Kong. This feeling of the past, of having seen this before, is the essence of the Déjà Vu Collection. Take a closer look at these details and notice how everything is meticulously neat, tidy and perfectly unnoticed. This is what I appreciate and want my viewer to see in this series.

A bygone era; let’s hope not!

Our Art Bridge programme invites artists in Hong Kong to showcase their works which are inspired by the dynamism and diversity of the city. We unveil to you our community artist exhibition by Monique Lai who makes an unflinching statement and deep dive into the beauty of Hong Kong. The photographs are a visual feast of the most traditional and yet bold culture of life aspects of the city.

Interactive Play, Design Your Own Wall

Mid-way during the exhibition, I featured four images on a magnetic wall. The objective: ‘Have Fun & Play’. This simple instruction triggered an immediate joyful reaction! Each person placed the frames as they wish. It was an awesome insight into their personality.

Framed Artwork & Prints

“With Art Bridge, we can unearth artists that showcase our culture – our first collaboration with Monique Lai and her distinctive photographic perspective clearly showcases an aspect of Hong Kong that is taken for granted every day.”

— Hotel Stage
A zig-zag cut out sign says, 'Extended thru June 30', is taped onto a postcard holder encouraging patrons to write and post: 'Love from Hong Kong.
Déjà Vu Exhibition Postcards

I appreciate everyone who came to Kowloon to visit the exhibition at Hotel Stage. Especially those I did not get to meet ~ Thank You for writing beautiful, supportive messages in my book!

This was such a fun, amazing showcase! A whirlwind ... I feel so lucky to be featured at Muse, Hotel Stage in Jordan, Kowloon. Even more wonderful meeting the guests and learning so much on how people view the series. Special thanks to all who have visited me at Muse, to Kuchiichi for the tasty treats, and to Gordon Cheung, for his elegant and modern frame design for this collection.

“Love way that you have captured the lost disappearing way of Old Hong Kong, next step make it into a movie!”



Step into a Hong Kong treasure chest of nostalgia and familiar sights. Journey back in time to discover Déjà Vu!
'Goong Jai'
1 Chi Wo Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Muse, Hotel Stage
Paul Tam, Digital Force
Gordon Cheung, Zetter Picture Framer
Sharon While, Installation Designer
Joe Wong, Graphic Designer
Alen Chen, Muse
Special Thanks
10 May – 30 June 2016
Eddie So, Kuchiichi Butter Cookies
Gift Sponsor
A Very Special Thank You to My Sponsors!
Hotel Stage
Zetter Picture Framer
Digital Force
Kuchiichi Butter Cookies
Muse Art & Books, Hotel Stage
A technician stands over a computer ensuring the equipment setup is working.
Impact HK Charity

An amazing community effort to close 2020!

I participated in an internal charity auction by Brunswick MerchantCantos where 100% donations would benefit IMPACT HK CHARITY.

Based in Hong Kong, this organisation focuses on helping the homeless. I am so proud to gift the 1st Edition of Cha Yip Daan. Note the sign: 3 for 10HKD. This price also showcases the generosity of this vendor which I thought was incredibly kind, and fitting for “The Kindness of Strangers” theme.

40 local artists donated artworks

HK$62,550 for ImpactHK!

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