The Kowloon City neighbourhood is a treasure chest of 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, learn a little Cantonese, and enjoy the journey with Déjà Vu. A very special thanks to Hotel Stage for presenting this showcase at MUSE.
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.
Design Your Own Wall
Step into a treasure chest of visual imagery with familiar sounds and sights of a perfect set design. Journey with me back in time to Kowloon City. Discover Déjà Vu!
Mid-way during the exhibition, I decided to feature a special wall with four images on magnets. Here I wanted the guests to have fun and play. This simple instruction triggered an instinctive reaction where each placed the frames as they wish. It was a beautiful insight to see their unguarded personality come alive with design.
I would like to share a very special Thank You to everyone who visited Hotel Stage. Especially those I did not get to meet but wrote beautiful, supportive messages in my book. Thank you!
A bygone era; let’s hope not!
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.