Hong Kong photographer Wing Shya’s latest exhibition, Sweet Sorrow, is a ” techni-colour love letter to the city.”
“Wing Shya used Hong Kong as a backdrop to play out his spectacular vision of what is really going on in the psyche of the ‘Me Generation’; a generation who grew up with smart phones in hand and with a heightened attention to all things visual,” according to Blue Lotus Gallery.
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The production cost HK$3 million and involved a creative team of close to 100 people. It was self-funded and took two years to complete.
“It becomes increasingly hard to find strong Hong Kong related projects that are different to what is already out there. Yet Wing Shya’s work just blew me away on so many levels,” said Sarah Greene, director of Blue Lotus Gallery.
“Here is an artist that excels in photography, film, graphic design and set making, capable of a large spectacular productions such as this. But what strikes me most is his affinity and sensitivity towards our zeitgeist and the inner-life of our youth.”
Wing Shya began his collaboration with director Wong Kar Wai in 1997 with Happy Together, and the pair worked together again on In the Mood for Love, Eros and 2046. Shya is now also a recognised director.
The project is an artistic tribute to the isolation felt by the young people of Hong Kong.
The exhibition will be on view at Blue Lotus Gallery from March 17 to April 28. A solo exhibition will also be featured at Art Central 2018 from March 26 to April 1.