From 16 November 2018 to 11 January 2019 Gordon Cheung presents his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. The exhibition, Home, is on show at Galerie Huit and continues the artist’s examination of global financial networks and the traces they leave, while reflecting on the notion of home, and how the home is affected by global market power. The exhibition presents a new body of work by Cheung, comprising mixed media paintings and Chinese windows.
Home has many meanings: the word can refer to a building, to a single, specific location, a point of origin and of tradition, a place to contact ancestors, a fragile place vulnerable to acts of colonisation and changes in land ownership. Something present, something lost, something with power of its own. Domesticity is changing under the influence of new power networks and technologies - through the physical destruction of homes to make way for new buildings, and on a more intimate scale through software and networked appliances.
Cheung’s parents emigrated from Hong Kong to London and the artist’s dual identity informs his work in Home, as does his experience of witnessing the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China in 1997. Cheung examines how this lived experience of duality, political turbulence, conquest in relation to the home links to the mechanisms of capitalist power and the patterns they exert worldwide. The work in Home layers questions of personal and political identity with universal questions of consciousness, with patterns of urbanisation, architectural change, home demolition, and with the destruction and re-interpretation of history.
Home, Galerie Huit, 205-208, KT336, 334-336 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong