Ambiguously Yours: Gender in Hong Kong Popular Culture offers a fresh perspective on Hong Kong popular culture of the 1980s and 1990s by examining it as a platform for avant-garde experimentation in representations of gender identities. Focusing on androgyny, camp and gender fluidity, this exhibition presents the works of pioneers in costume design, music, film, and print media, further proposing the dynamic interplay between popular culture and the fields of art, design and moving image through the M+ collection.
The first three sections of the exhibition revisit the 1980s and 1990s, when Hong Kong’s leading Cantopop stars dominated regionally, and Hong Kong’s film industry was the third largest in the world. As the most prolific period in music, film and related industries, it gave rise to an exciting level of experimentation and risk-taking in gender representation on stage, on screen and in print.
The final section of the exhibition connects with the M+ collection to draw out the global nature of popular culture today. Through the collages of Japanese pop artist Tanaami Keiichi, to Ming Wong’s interpretation of Malay cinema, and the delicate gongbi paintings of Wilson Shieh, the exhibition highlights the profound influence of popular culture on art-making, and how it breaks down the boundaries between art, design, and moving image.
Ambiguously Yours: Gender in Hong Kong Popular Culture
Date: 17th March – 21st May, 2017
Open: 11:00 – 18:00
Place: Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District