To the Naiad’s House
The title of the exhibition is not only a place featured in the mid-18th century Chinese novel ‘Dream of the Red Chamber’ by Cao Xueqin, but also the name of a room in the restaurant and entertainment venue owned by the mother of Chinese artist, Wu Jiaru, who spent most of her childhood there. This exhibition presents a series of recent sculptures, video works and new paintings, which integrate elements of mythology, science fiction and family archaeology; it is a metaphor for the optimism and desire resulting from economic expansion and the pursuit of individual freedom brought on by social transformation.
Are you ready to look back to Hong Kong in the 1990s with a whole new perspective? This is an exhibition that evokes a feeling of reminiscence and nostalgia, prompting viewers to revisit their personal memories, history and aesthetics of 1990s Hong Kong during the entangled period of economic development. Influenced by Hong Kong’s entertainment industry, aesthetic approach and urban lifestyle while growing up, Wu’s works examine cultural exchanges between mainland China and Hong Kong alongside questions of identity and belonging, while also reflecting the shared fragmented memory of millenials in Southern China.