Living in the age of social media, we have been drawn into the cultural fascination of ‘selfies’, our main form of self-documentation. Meanwhile, the increasing use of facial recognition in our everyday lives has reduced human faces to lifeless images, tools of convenience and a collection of biometric data. The group exhibition of eight contemporary artists with various styles and cultural backgrounds goes beyond skin deep, and unlocks the complexity of the human identity by putting a new spin on portraiture.
The exhibition features the distinctive styles of eight artists, providing viewers with different perspectives across eras, cultures, and feelings. While one artist might extensively utilise a technique named ‘Air of the Times’ with soft touches of paint on the canvases, another might employ simplistic calligraphy lines. While one artist might depict herself in her works, another might prefer to depict children. In the wide range of expressions centred on portraits, the meaning and possibilities are endless and open for contemplation.