About Mobile M+: Yau Ma Tei

“Mobile M+: Yau Ma Tei” is the first in a series of pre-opening “nomadic” exhibitions curated by M+, the new museum for visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District. It marks the beginning of the museum’s venture to explore different possibilities of engaging the public without the presence of a building – planned for completion in late 2017. As a multi-site exhibition of six large-scale installations, “Mobile M+: Yau Ma Tei” is thus a product of turning the supposed disadvantage of being “rootless” into an advantage, by realising projects that would not have been possible in a single museum building.

Stemming from the strong connection between Hong Kong’s contemporary art and the reconstruction of its history, seven Hong Kong-based artists – Kwan Sheung-chi + Wong Wai-yin, Leung Mee-ping, Erkka Nissinen, Pak Sheung-chuen, Tsang Kin-wah and Yu Lik-wai – have been invited to (re)imagine the city’s history and stories by interpreting “narrative” as an overarching theme and a starting point. In an effort to echo the museum’s mobility and forward-looking attitude, the exhibition has been intentionally conceived within a largely flexible curatorial framework.

Employing the techniques of storytelling and visual narration, each project has since been developed into new directions through a vast collection of references, layers, approaches and viewpoints. Reinhabiting neglected spaces in the heart of Yau Ma Tei – shops, offices, a park and an empty lot under a flyover – each artist has expressed their own artistic voice to recount the various aspects of contemporary Hong Kong, ranging from the abstract to the literal, from the political to the everyday.

“Mobile M+: Yau Ma Tei” is aimed to be viewed and interpreted from a wide spectrum of perspectives. Individually, each of these six projects draws out specific stories that resonate with the neighbourhood and the city; collectively, they represent our understanding of Hong Kong’s contemporary visual culture, and its current state.

About Yau Ma Tei

Bordering on the West Kowloon area, Yau Ma Tei is the neighbourhood of the future building of M+. It has historically been characterised by its diverse and varied make-up — at once metropolitan and suburban, industrial, commercial and residential, seafaring and land-based. It has grown from a prosperous market town in the late 19th century into one of Hong Kong’s busiest residential and commercial districts. Rows of shop-houses and tenement buildings sprang up, and the area soon became Kowloon’s centre of entertainment, with cinemas, theatres and street performances. Yau Ma Tei is characterised by a dynamic coexistence of traditional and newer business clusters not found in the city’s standard commercial areas. But these unique traits are slowly disappearing due to gentrification, and partially because few of its buildings possess “monumental qualities”; yet it is this very “ordinariness” that gives the area its value, embodying as it does the culture and history of generations of Hong Kong’s indigenous population.

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Exhibition Period:
15 May 2012 - 10 June 2012

Opening Hours:
10:00am - 7:00pm Daily
9:00am - 8:00pm (15 May 2012 - 20 May 2012)

Artist Talks:
15 May 2012 (Tuesday) 7pm  Yu Lik-wai
26 May 2012 (Saturday) 4pm Leung Mee-ping
2 June 2012 (Saturday) 4pm  Pak Sheung-chuen
9 June 2012 (Saturday) 4pm  Kwan Sheung-chi + Wong Wai-yin

1/F, Broadway Cinematheque,
Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square Street,
Yau Ma Tei (Exit C, Yau Ma Tei MTR Station)
*Conducted in Cantonese, each session lasts for 90 mins

Guided Tour (20 persons per tour):
Throughout exhibition period
Every Saturday & Sunday
2:00pm - 3:30pm (Cantonese)

Every Sunday
4:00pm - 5:30pm (English)

Meeting point
Info Hub - Shop 1, G/F, Yen Chun Building, 18 Portland Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon

Installation Sites:

1 Info Hub
Shop 1, G/F, Yen Chun Building, 18 Portland Street, Yau Ma Tei

2 Kwan Sheung-chi + Wong Wai-yin
Shop 4, G/F, 16–24A Waterloo Road, Yau Ma Tei (entrance at Portland Street)

3 Leung Mee-ping
Portland Street / Man Ming Lane Sitting-out Area, Yau Ma Tei (Yau Ma Tei MTR exit C)

4 Leung Mee-ping
Recycling Shop, G/F, 10A Portland Street, Yau Ma Tei

5 Erkka Nissinen
G/F shop, 168 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei

6 Pak Sheung-chuen
Junction of Temple Street and Kansu Street, Yau Ma Tei

7 Pak Sheung-chuen
Hong Kong Reader Book Store, 7/F, 68 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok (Mong Kok MTR exit D3)

8 Pak Sheung-chuen
Uncle Po Bible Calligraphy, shop B, G/F, 326 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei (entrance at Man Ming Lane)

9 Pak Sheung-chuen
Shop H2, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St., Yau Ma Tei

10 Pak Sheung-chuen
Kam Hing Signboard
Shop A, G/F, 314 Reclamation Street, Yau Ma Tei

11 Tsang Kin-wah
Junction of Kansu Street and Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei

12 Yu Lik-wai
Office 1/F, Yen Chun Building, 18-26 Portland Street , Yau Ma Tei

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