Kowloon City


Art Series
Déjà Vu

Muse, Hotel Stage
1 Chi Wo Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong

10 May – 30 June 2016

Paul Tam, Digital Force
Gordon Cheung, Zetter Picture Framer
Installation Designer Sharon While
Graphic Designer Joe Wong

Special Thanks
Alen Chen

Kowloon City

The Déjà Vu Poster for Hotel Stage

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.

Walk good,
Monique Lai


Hotel Stage is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs, Déjà Vu by Monique Lai 賴 昱 蓉.

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.


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


“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

It has been such a beautiful whirlwind showcasing this collection at Muse, Hotel Stage in Jordan, Kowloon. Even more incredible is the insight you learn as you guide people thru your vision of the work. Special thanks to all who have visited me at Muse, to Kuchiichi who sponsors tasty treats for guests, and to Gordon Cheung, for his elegant and modern frame design for this collection.

Kuchiichi butter cookies

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!

Déjà Vu at Muse, Hotel Stage

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.

Hotel Stage Muse

Muse Art & Books, Hotel Stage

Hotel Stage Fine Art Photographs